Alcea Old Barnyard Mix

Alcea Old Barnyard Mix

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Reseeds for years, giving you more color every year
SKU v1074
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Key Characteristics

3 - 9

Mature Height

6 Feet

Mature Width

24 IN

Sun / Shade

Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture Level

Moist, well-drained

Soil Type

Normal, loamy

Description / Alcea Old Barnyard Mix

Dug out of an old Vermont barnyard many years ago and carefully crossed and re-crossed for bigger, bolder blooms (and to eliminate rust, the enemy of Hollyhocks everywhere), this delightful Alecea Old Barnyard Mix captures the joy of the old-fashioned cottage garden. These blooms look like Grandma's might have: single-flowered in dark, rich colors you just can't find in today's newer varieties.

Each bloom is 3 to 5 inches wide, with a bold yellow center and an absolutely dazzling color—brights and pastels as well as deep jewel tones. They arise most heavily in early summer on thick, sturdy 4- to 6-foot stems, attracting hummingbirds by the dozen. It is especially attractive to Checkered Skippers and the Common Hairstreak, acting as a host plant where they lay their eggs. In the north, the blooms may well continue all season. Stake Alecea Old Barnyard Mix to support the long, bloom-filled stalks, or let them lean against a building or other support. (In the olden days, Hollyhocks were traditionally grown against the sunny side of the barn, where they flourished in all the manure and muck.)

Be sure to leave the last blooms on the plant even after the petals fall, for they will do your reseeding for you, and you'll be rewarded with plenty of new plants come spring.

Space Alecea Old Barnyard plants 2 feet apart in sun to part shade in fertile, moist soil. Hollyhocks like a good feed, so you might want to top-dress with cow manure (home cooking to the Alecea Old Barnyard Mix) to really get them growing. They are not long-lived, so let the new plants come up each spring to be assured of plentiful, ever-increasing color.

Product Details

Item Form 4-inch Pot
Genus Alcea
Species rosea
Variety Old Barnyard Mix
Product Classification Perennials, Plants
Habit Upright
USDA Zone Low 3
USDA Zone High 9
Sun / Shade Full Sun, Part Shade
Bloom Color Mix
Max Bloom Size 5.00
Bloom Season Start Early Summer
Bloom Season End Mid Summer
Resistance Rust
Special Features Flower, Hummingbird Lovers, Repeat Bloomer
Uses Beds, Border, Cut Flowers, Ornamental, Outdoor
Zone 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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Customer Reviews

Healthy Plant Pale Pink Blooms
Review by JanB
Received 1 healthy plant October 2021 and planted on south of house in sandy/compost soil with a fence around to protect from deer and pests. Grew steadily during rainy spring and dry summer with constant watering. Pretty pale pink flowers! I have always Loved the Looks of Hollyhocks!
Gorgeous Results
Review by Jill
I planted 3 of these in fall of 2016. There was terrible rain this spring and the area where these were planted sat in some water for a day - I thought all was lost. But they have grown to 6 feet tall - all 3 have numerous blooms. Pale pink, yellow and peach. Just gorgeous. I could fill my garden with these beauties.
Robust first year report here
Review by Buckeye_Man
We used to live in Vermont but now live in Ohio. This was like bringing a little bit of Vermont with us to Ohio since these originated in Vermont. Planted three Fall of 2016 and they were robust & fast growing and made it fine through a relatively mild winter with mininmal mulching. Planted in full sun on the South and Southwest side of the house. June 2017 now are three feet tall with numerous flower buds but no flowers yet. I hope we get the variety of flower color shown in the photo in the catalog here gave only 4 stars because I cannot describe any flowers as of yet.
The best hollyhock you will find!
Review by S. V.
Bought a few lof these last summer. Plants are very healthy, and already forming buds to my surprise! Foliage is big and chartreuse green in colour. I have several hollyhocks that I purchased from other nurseries and they still under 20'' and the ones I bought from Park Seed-are over 1'

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