Hollyhock, Indian Spring
Althaea rosea Perennial. 5'
Mixture of old fashioned single and semi-double shades of rose, pink and white. Indian Spring Hollyhock has been in cultivation since the 1500's. A cherished ornamental. Blooms mid-summer to early fall first season. Use the blosoms to make Hollyhock Ladies. The plant is suitable for U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 to 10. Grows in full sun or part shade. Short lived perennial that readily self sows. Plant in average, well-drained soil, and water regularly during the growing season.
Planting Directions: Sow seeds 6-8 weeks before planting out. Sow seed on top of sterile seed starting mix and keep soil temperature at 60˚ to 70˚. In warmer climates plant outdoors 1-2 weeks before last frost. Germination takes 10-14 days with light and 60°-70°. Transplant or thin to 18"-36” apart when plants are 4-6” tall. Plants prefer a sunny location with well-drained soil and plants will tolerate dry conditions.