Alcea rugosa

Russian Hollyhock (Yellow Fig Leaved Hollyhock)

Categories: Herbaceous Perennial

This superb but rarely encountered hollyhock from Russia is one of the best single blooming hollyhocks. From an semi-evergreen basal rosette of corrugated grey-green leaves, tall sturdy 6-7' spikes arise, beginning in spring. The spikes are clothed along the bottom half with typical hollyhock foliage, while the top half is adorned all summer with large 4" single buttery-yellow flowers.  A. rugosa has proven to be a reliable and disease-resistant perennial.


More About Alcea rugosa

  • single blooms
  • reliably "perennial" by self seeding

These giant flowerstems(up to 6') sport numerous blooms crowded together -- when fully open, they are a solid wall of soft color! Of course, like all Hollyhocks the buds open from the bottom of the plant upwards, giving you weeks of fresh flowers! Full sun and rich, well-worked, moist soil. Staking required.


Height:

4-6 ft

Spread:

1-2 ft

Hardiness Zone:

3-9

Alcea rugosa Characteristics

Attributes

  • Mass Plant
  • Specimen
  • Border
  • Cut Flower / or Foliage
  • Dried Flower
  • Cottage Garden

Exposure

  • Sun Tolerant
  • Does best in full sun

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Rapid

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds
  • Songbirds

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Summer
  • Late Summer

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average
  • Needs well drained soil

Flower Color

  • Yellow

Habit

  • Upright
  • Pyramidal