Alcea Plants produce tall, colorful spires that attract hummingbirds, butterflies and the increasingly-elusive honey bee. This perennial’s blooms are long-lasting and flower upwards from the bottom, producing regal spires of bell-shaped blossoms.
Alcea, pronounced al-SEE-uh, also commonly called Hollyhock, is best suited for locations out of strong winds, though new dwarf varieties are being developed that are more wind-tolerant. They make ideal backdrops against fences and walls, or as a frame for lower borders or cottage plantings. If the ideal wind-free location is not available, we recommend using plant supports to keep the stalks from breaking. Alcea are vigorous self-seeders if the spent blooms are not removed. They can be grown under Black Walnut trees, where most bloomers cannot.