(al-KEE-uh: TAW-ree-kuh) Malvaceae:
Alcea taurica is a perennial hollyhock with yellow flowers. Plants grow 3 to 5 feet tall, this short height makes them more useful in smaller borders. The foliage and stems have silver hairs, giving the plants a slight silver cast. The leaves are shaped somewhat-like a maple leaf. The four inch wide flowers are produced on many stems that arise from a clump forming rootstock. Rust resistant and less prone to other aliments than the common hybrids. Long flowering, blooming from summer well into autumn. Like many hollyhocks some self seeding is possible but not in an invasive way. Best in full sun or part shade in well draining but moisture retentive soils.
This plant originates from the Crimean population of the yellow-flowered Russian Hollyhock, Alcea rugosa
Surface sow the seeds, light needed for best germination. Water and keep for 1 week between 50-75F, move to 32-39F for 6 to 8 weeks, then move to 70F for germination.