Halo Blush Hollyhock
Alcea rosea 'Halo Blush'
Halo Blush Hollyhock flowers
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Plant Height: 4 feet
Flower Height: 6 feet
Spread: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3
Other Names: Althaea rosea
Group/Class: Halo Series
Striking white flowers with prominent fuchsia halos and creamy yellow centers; this biennial is tolerant to the natural toxin formed by the roots of Black Walnut, but can be susceptible to Japanese beetles; plant in full sun for better growth
Halo Blush Hollyhock features bold spikes of white round flowers with creamy white eyes and a hot pink ring rising above the foliage from early to mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its tomentose lobed leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Halo Blush Hollyhock is an herbaceous perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Halo Blush Hollyhock is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Halo Blush Hollyhock will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity extending to 6 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. The flower stalks can be weak and so it may require staking in exposed sites or excessively rich soils. It grows at a fast rate, and tends to be biennial, meaning that it puts on vegetative growth the first year, flowers the second, and then dies. However, this species tends to self-seed and will thereby endure for years in the garden if allowed.
This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.