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ALCEA (Happy Lights Mix)

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Amy Dee Stephens

Family

Malvaceae

Botanical Name

ALCEA( Happy Lights Mix)

Plant Common Name

Happy Lights Hollyhock, Hollyhock

General Description

The tall, bold hollyhocks in Happy Lights Mix are rust-resistant and very showy. These hybrids are short-lived perennials that bloom for weeks in summer. The plants bear strong, upright, leafy flower stalks lined with showy single to semi-double flowers, which rise from coarse rosettes of leaves. Their large blooms are either white, red, pink, yellow, reddish black or orange and attract bees.

Hollyhocks thrive in full sun and fertile soil with good drainage. They grow best with average water and light seasonal fertilization. They are quite tall and often need to be staked, especially if planted in partial sun. Cutting off spent flower spikes can encourage a second flowering in late summer. Japanese beetles attack hollyhocks with ferocity, so keep a look out for these pesky insects. Pyrethrum sprays are effective on them if the insects are sprayed directly.

Happy Lights hollyhocks are ideal for old-fashioned cottage gardens and mixed borders. They are pretty, but short-lived cutflowers and add interest and height to children's gardens.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    5'-7' / 1.5m - 2.1m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Red, Orange, Pink, Peach, Burgundy, Dark Red, Black

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single, Semi-Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Feature Plant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes