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Has anyone grown these - cuttings, seeds, plants?  I have an interest in them, but would like anyone to share experience of these plants please.  I believe they are bee attractive and similar to hollyhocks ?


  • PurplerainPurplerain Posts: 1,053
    I grow quite a few. I find them very reliable and easy, middle of the border plants. My favourite is Party Girl and they can be increased by division in Spring.
    SW Scotland
  • Thanks for that endorsement @purplerallim - they looked good on the site and appear to be bee friendly too so I can't fathom out why they aren't better known/spoken about.
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,061
    edited June 2019
    My wife and I call our Sidalcea plants the 'mini-mallows' ; a good moist loamy soil , sun or dappled shade is all they seem to require .
    Mine are reliably perennial too , although some are annual species .
  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge Posts: 3,501
    I have sidalcea too, much smaller than hollyhock, about 3' and smaller flowers. I had a few different varieties but they seem to all seed back to the same pink, a nice pink though. They don't flower for ages but worth growing I think, and yes, bees like them.
    Wearside, England.
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