Hollyhock is a short lived perennial that lives 2-3 years. The plants readily self-seed and come back every year. It grows from 4 to 8 feet tall and bears large round flowers. The colours may be pink, purple, white, yellow, or red. The flowers will attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.
The leaves and flowers of hollyhock are edible. Young leaves and fresh flowers can be added to salads.
How to Grow Hollyhock
Hollyhock is very hardy and requires little maintenance. It prefers well-draining, rich soil and full sun. Seeds can be sown one week before the last frost. If transplanting seedlings, wait until a couple weeks after the last frost. Sow seeds 1/4″ deep and space 18″-24″ apart. Water plants thoroughly in hot weather.