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ALCEA (SUMMER CARNIVAL SERIES)

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Jesse Saylor

Family

Malvaceae

Botanical Name

ALCEA( SUMMER CARNIVAL SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Hollyhock, Summer Carnival Hollyhock

General Description

Hollyhocks in the Summer Carnival Series are more compact than other selections. In summer they bear strong leafy flower stalks lined with showy double flowers rising from a coarse rosette of leaves. Their blooms may be red, pink, yellow, white or purple, depending on the cultivar, and unlike other hollyhocks, these flower in the first year from seed.

Hollyhocks thrive in full sun and moderately fertile soil with good drainage. They make an excellent addition to cottage gardens, mixed borders or large containers and are highly susceptible to powdery mildew and Japanese beetle predation.

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

  • Height

    25"-30" / 63.5cm - 76.2cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Western Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Black Walnut Toxicity

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Red, Purple, Rose, Peach

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Light 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

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No