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Alcea rosea Chater's Double Group



Tall variety with large double flowers

Hollyhocks are a must-have if you want to create a cottage garden look. Their towering flower spikes are studded with vibrantly coloured, pompom like flowers which keep the bees buzzing during the summer. This particular variety forms large doube flowers in a wide range of colours.


Happy in a sunny, sheltered spot towards the back of a border where the tall spikes will add colour and height through the summer.


Good in any soil. Water in well after planting and support the flower stems as they grow with bamboo canes. In autumn cut back the faded flowers and old leaves.

The word hollyhock - or holihoc has its origins in Old English and was first used in 1548.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering June - September
Evergreen No
Plant height 150 cm - 200 cm
Plant width 30 cm - 45 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 180 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Loam, Light sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant

Typically available

From April to September