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Alcea rosea Chater's Double Maroon


Large deep red flowers

A magnificent cottage garden plant with strong, tall stems which grow quickly to 180cm (6ft) carrying peony-like, powder-puff double blooms of rich maroon from mid-late summer. Stunning with purple leaved shrubs. Excellent for coastal gardens. Although not long-lived as perennials the plants seed themselves freely.


Plant in full sun and do not overcrowd with other plants. Perfect for the back of a border or in a narrow border along a wall or fence.


Any well-drained soil; hollyhocks hate wet conditions. Can be cut back immediately after flowering of left to seed for future years. No support required in sheltered situations.

Hollyhocks have been grown in gardens for centuries

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - September
Evergreen No
Plant height 160 cm - 180 cm
Plant width 30 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 180 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
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 Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Coastal or drought resistant, Ideal for walls & trellis & arches & pergolas

Typically available

From April to September