Zebrina Hollyhock Mallow
Great Heat Tolerance and Nonstop Bloom Power!
'Zebrina' has graced cottage gardens for many years, and it's easy to see why. The 2-inch single blooms begin opening in midsummer in most climates, and continue right into fall, often continuing for 4 months or more. A soft shade of lavender, they are heavily veined with maroon-violet, creating a stripey, pinwheeled look that is just a little different on every bloom. Striking!
Butterflies and hummingbirds pay their respects to these blooms on a daily basis, but rabbits tend to leave the plant un-nibbled, which is a surprise and a pleasure. The flowering stalks are about 2½ feet high on compact, mounding plants that can reach 3 to 4 feet tall but just 18 to 24 inches wide. 'Zebrina' is a good choice for the middle or back of the sunny border, where its dark green foliage serves as background for shorter plants, and its absolute MASSES of blooms can stand out brilliantly.
M. sylvestris is a rather short-lived perennial, but 'Zebrina' has solved this problem by coming true from seed. Just let the the last blooms remain on the plant each fall, and in spring you'll see new little sprouts everywhere. Such a marvelous gift from a plant that will become your favorite the very first season you grow it!
Best of all, 'Zebrina' is much more tolerant of hot weather than most Hollyhock Mallows, and demonstrates excellent resistance to disease. It grows readily in full sun and nearly any type of soil. Your sunny garden (not to mention your vases!) deserves this plant! Zones 4-8.
|Zone||4 - 8|
|BloomStartToEnd||Mid Summer - Mid Fall|
|PlantHeight||3 ft - 4 ft|
|PlantWidth||18 in - 24 in|
|AdditionalCharacteristics||Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Free Bloomer, Heirloom, Hummingbird Lovers, Long Bloomers|
|BloomColor||Dark Maroon, Dark Purple, Lavender, Multi-Color|
|Resistance||Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Pest Resistant|
|SoilTolerance||Clay, Normal, loamy, Poor, Sandy|
|Uses||Border, Cut Flowers, Outdoor|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|
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