Alcea Old Barnyard Mix



They'll reseed for years, giving you more color every season

You've never grown Hollyhocks until you watch this midnight-red explode into 5-inch bloom.

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.


Skip Product Specs
Genus Alcea
Species rosea
Variety Old Barnyard Mix
Zone 3 - 9
Bloom Start To End Early Summer - Mid Summer
Habit Upright
Plant Height 4 ft - 6 ft
Plant Width 24 in
Bloom Size 3 in - 5 in
Additional Characteristics Flower, Hummingbird Lovers, Repeat Bloomer
Bloom Color Mix
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Rust
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Border, Cut Flowers, Ornamental, Outdoor
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Texas, Utah, Virgin Islands, Washington, California, Canada, Guam, Hawaii

Product Review Summary

Based on 4 reviews
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5.0/5.0

Customer Reviews

July 30, 2022

Healthy Plant Pale Pink Blooms

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

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!

JanB from MI
July 11, 2017

Gorgeous Results

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

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.

Jill from NY
June 03, 2017

Robust first year report here

This shopper rated the product 4 out of 5 stars

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.

Buckeye_Man from OH
April 23, 2012

The best hollyhock you will find!

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

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'

S. V. from NC

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