Alcea rosea 'Mars Magic' (30)ct Flat
Common Name: Hollyhock
Bright red, single flowers are produced on tall, sturdy stalks in midsummer.
For over 18 years, Jelitto worked to develop a consistent strain of stable, straight color, single flowered Hollyhocks. The Alcea rosea Spotlight Series was introduced by Jelitto in 2010 with multiple single color strains including deep black-purple, red, pink, yellow, and white.
Other than their fabulous blossoms, one of the best traits about this series is that the plants are truly perennial, not biennial. Feel free to grow hollyhocks under Black Walnut trees; they are tolerant of the toxic juglone that is emitted through the trees' roots.
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!
Height: 5.0-6.0 Feet
Spread: 2.0 Feet
Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Flower Color: Red shades
Foliage Color: Green shades
Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun)
Average Water Needs
Average to Fertile Soil Quality
Attracts Butterflies and Hummingbirds
Seasonal Interest: Dried Seed Heads
Growth Rate: Rapid
Border Plant, Cut Flower, Cut Foliage, Dried Flower, Mass Planting, Specimen, Focal Point