Alcea rosea | Hollyhock | 20_Seeds

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This is Alcea rosea, also known as Hollyhock. These plants can get about 8 feet tall and are very popular with the birds, bees, and butterflies. It must be planted in a spot where it can get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day and it will bloom from the middle of the Summer until early Fall. The flowers, leaves, roots, and stems are all edible. This is a larval host plant for the West Coast Lady, Northern White-Skipper, Gray Hairstreak, Painted Lady, Tropical Checkered-Skipper, and Common Checkered-Skipper butterflies, and the Exposed Bird-dropping Moth. It is also a nectar source for the Golden Banded-Skipper butterfly. This biennial can survive the first Winter and make it to the second season where it will flower and go to seed in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 9