Hollyhock (Pink and Red Mix) - Alcea ficifolia
This is no ordinary hollyhock!
- It is resistant against RUST!! However, even the right conditions like a wet spring the plants will develop rust.
- Seeds sown in autumn will flower in the first year.
- Hardy perennial unlike the common variety which is biennial.
Alcea ficifolia is a lesser known hollyhock species native to Siberia. It is commonly known as the 'Antwerp' or 'Fig-leaved Hollyhock' due to its attractive fig shaped leaves which are resistant against rust. They provide an architectural feature in the garden and are a perfect addition to cottage gardens. Flowers are ideal for floral arrangements.
Cut flowers either early in the morning or late in the afternoon when half the flowers are open. Well developed buds will open in water, tight buds will not. Remove all leaves except small ones at the top near the flowers. Split the stem to about 10cm. Sear the stem over a flame for 15 seconds. Condition in a generous amount of warm water overnight or until some of the unopened blooms start to open. Flowers will last 2 to 3 days with a full stalk continuing to open for another 3 to 4 days.