Double Hollyhock - Alcea rosea 'Chater's Double Scarlet' - British Grown Herbaceous Perennial

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A short-lived perennial whose bright red, densely-petalled flowers grow on tall stems above its bright green foliage. Hardy throughout most of the UK down to -15°C.

This Double Hollyhock flowers in bright red, with large, ruffled petals which fill the inside of the flowers, giving it the 'double' name- it's like one flower folded inside another! These flowers grow from a flower spike, a tall stem up to 2m high which specifically grows to fill with colourful flowers. They will look great at the back of a flower bed, where their flower stems will tower over other plants in front... while those plants cover the less-colourful lower stems of the Hollyhock. As a short-lived perennial, they will flower and die back in a year, but will reseed themselves for years to come, so make sure you don't cut them back until after the plant has developed seeds.

Short-lived perennial but will re-seed each year.
Flower: tall stems
Flowers June to September

Scientific Name
Alcea rosea (rose-coloured Alcea plant) 'Chater's Double Scarlet'

Common Name

Originates in Southwest China, but was imported to Europe over 500 years ago!

Pruning Tips
Remove rust-flecked leaves in summer and flower spikes once the flowers have faded. Allow the plant to seed before pruning if you want them to grow back each year.

Wildlife Value
Can provide nectar for butterflies, but due to the denseness of petals, this can be hard to access.

Full sun

Water in dry weather

Moist but well-drained soil; chalky, sandy or loamy soil is ideal.

Hollyhocks do best in nutrient-rich soil; if your Hollyhock's seeds are yellowing, feel free to add extra nutrients to give it a boost!

Yes, although a lot of nibbling won't be good for your furry friend or the plant!

Sprouts Top Tips
Hollyhocks can be susceptible to rust fungus, so keep an eye out for the orange-yellow splotches and remove any affected leaves to stop it spreading.



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