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ALCEA 'Peaches 'N' Dreams'

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Family

Malvaceae

Botanical Name

ALCEA 'Peaches 'N' Dreams'

Plant Common Name

Hollyhock, Peaches 'n Dreams Hollyhock

General Description

Hollyhock is a tall, short-lived, herbaceous perennial native to western Asia. In summer, large rosettes of characteristically rough, hairy leaves give rise to very tall, leafy stalks lined with show-stopping flowers. Hollyhock ‘Peaches ‘n’ Dreams’ produces masses of double flowers in shades of peach, white and raspberry even in the first year. Hollyhocks do produce large numbers of seedling which may or may not grow true to the parent.

Hollyhocks are attractive to butterflies and bees and thrive in full sun and moderately fertile soil with good drainage. In the coldest climates, they may not survive the winter and are grown as annuals, though thick layers of mulch will help protect the planting. The tall flower stalks are usually sturdy, but may require staking to remain upright. Hollyhock is an old-fashioned flower and makes an excellent addition to cottage gardens and the back of mixed borders where the disease-prone foliage maybe hidden.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 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, Partial Shade

  • Height

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Pink, Peach

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes