If you love hollyhocks but find they are affected by rust, this is the variety for you. Alcea ficifolia is very resistant to rust and is a true perennial (unlike many hollyhocks which are biennial).
Yellow flowers on tall stems, with fig-leaf shaped foliage. Also available in pink(see related plants below)
The hollyhock is a classic English country cottage plant. Originating in Siberia, Alcea ficifolia is more vigorous than the common Hollyhock. It is excellent choice for the middle to back of a mixed herbaceous or cottage garden border, where it will add vertical interest and will tolerate quite dry conditions.
Good for attracting bees and other pollinators. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.
Common name(s): Russian hollyhock, Yellow fig-leaved hollyhock