Alcea rugosa (Russian Hollyhock)
Zone: 3a to 8a,
Height: 72" tall
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)
This superb but rarely encountered hollyhock from Russia has been one of the best performers in our display garden. From an evergreen basal rosette of corrugated grey-green leaves, tall sturdy 6-7' spikes arise, beginning in spring. The spikes are clothed along the bottom half with typical hollyhock foliage, while the top half is adorned all summer with large, 4", single, buttery-yellow, classic mallow flowers attractive to hummingbirds. For us, Alcea rugosa has proven to be a reliable and disease-resistant perennial compared to other hollyhock species.