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Alcea rosea 'Halo Series Lavender'
Series: Halo Series
From the breeding work of Thompson & Morgan comes this series of Hollyhock, whose members were selected and hybridized over many generations for their large, single, bicolor flowers. Each variety displays a prominent, contrasting lighter or darker colored halo in the center of the flower. Members of this series form a bushy clump of rugose green foliage with tall spikes carrying large, colorful blossoms in early to midsummer. Per the breeder, they are hardy perennials. This year we are adding a new color, Halo Series-Lavender, which has lavender flowers with a pink halo.
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Hardiness Zone:3 to 9
Hollyhock Growing and Maintenance Tips
Hollyhocks provide excellent architectural height in the garden and make good backdrops for lower growing perennials. Try growing them in the cottage garden style by planting them up against a wall or picket fence. Though their stalks are very strong, they may need to be staked if they are planted in a windy site.
Hollyhocks prefer rich, moist, well-drained soil but can tolerate short periods of drought. They need full sun to really perform in the landscape. Watch for Japanese Beetles; this plant is one of their favorites!
Feel free to grow hollyhocks under Black Walnut trees; they are tolerant of the toxic juglone that is emitted through the trees' roots.
Alcea rosea 'Halo Series Lavender' Characteristics
- Mass Plant
- Cut Flower / or Foliage
- Dried Flower
- Sun Tolerant
Growth Rate in the Garden
Soil Moisture Needs