Alcea or Hollyhocks are flowering annual, biennial or perennial plants from the Mallow or Malvaceae family. They are native to Europe and Asia.
What is an Alcea?
Alcea are hardy plants with tall showy flower spikes that can be 1m to 2m tall in colours from white and cream through pinks, reds and purples. The flowers are attractive to bees and other pollinators.
Where to plant Alcea?
Alcea like full sun and a well drained soil and can be used as tall back of border plants in cottage, courtyard or coastal gardens.
How to care for Alcea?
Alcea are easy to look after once established. Water young plants during dry spells. The tall flower spikes may need some support in exposed situations. Cut back spent flowers and damaged foliage hard at the end of the flowering season.