Malva alcea 'Fastigiata' flowers
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Height: 3 feet
Spread: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3a
Other Names: Musk Mallow
Upright Hollyhock Mallow has masses of beautiful pink round flowers at the ends of the stems from mid summer to early fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its deeply cut lobed leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Upright Hollyhock Mallow is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Upright Hollyhock Mallow is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Upright Hollyhock Mallow will grow to be about 30 inches tall at maturity, 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. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 3 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any 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.