Plants in the genus Alcea are native to rocky or grassy wasteland sites in the temperate regions of Europe and Asia. Most are tall and slender biennials or short-lived perennials. Large, brightly colored flowers bloom along the spikes in summer. They look good in mixed borders or along a wall.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsFlowers are often double in cultivars. They attract bees and butterflies. Grow as an annual or biennial for best results.
CareModerately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Stake in open sites.
PropagationTiming of sowing seed varies if grown as annual or biennial.
ProblemsGrow as annuals or biennials to limit spread of rust, southern blight, cutworms, slugs, mallow flea and Japanese beetles, and capsid bugs.