ALCEA rosea
(ALTHAEA rosea)




Height: 6' (2m)
Flowering Time: Summer
Flower Colour: Red, pink, white, yellow, orange

Botanical Classification:


Angiospermae (Angiosperms)
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons)
Superorder: Dilleniidae (Dillenia Superorder)
Order: Malvales (Mallow Order)
Family: Malvaceae (Mallow Family)
Genus: Alcea (Hollyhock)
Species: rosea (pink)
Alcea rosea

Alcea rosea is a favourite cottage-garden flower, providing unusually tall spires of open trumpet shaped flowers in every shade from white, through yellows, orange and pinks, to maroon, with a conspicuous pollen-covered central column, arising from a basal clump of large, rough leaves. There are also double-flowered varieties available, with large pom-pom flowers in similar colours, or with picotee blooms.

Although traditionally tall plants, up to 6 or 7 feet, new varieties have also been bred to provide shorter spikes, with flowers in the first year, which are more suitable for modern smaller gardens.


Harvesting and Growing from Seed:

Inside (7 days)
Outside (28 days)
Propagator (7 days)
Seed Pod The seeds are in a ring with the calyx leaves folded over them.

Seed The seeds are thick discs with a notch. There are many seeds in a pod.

Seedling The seedling is large and fast growing. The first true leaves are rounded, lobed, and crinkled.

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