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Queeny Purple Hollyhock

Alcea rosea 'Queeny Purple'

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Queeny Purple Hollyhock (Alcea rosea 'Queeny Purple') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Alcea rosea 'Queeny Purple' flowers

Alcea rosea 'Queeny Purple' flowers

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Plant Height:  18 inches

Flower Height:  24 inches

Spread:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Althaea rosea

Ornamental Features

Queeny Purple Hollyhock features bold spikes of purple round flowers rising above the foliage from mid to late summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its large tomentose round leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Queeny Purple Hollyhock is an herbaceous perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Disease
  • Self-Seeding

Queeny Purple Hollyhock is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Queeny Purple Hollyhock will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and tends to be biennial, meaning that it puts on vegetative growth the first year, flowers the second, and then dies. However, this species tends to self-seed and will thereby endure for years in the garden if allowed.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features