Alcea rugosa is native to Eastern Europe (Russia, Ukraine) and although it is not often available from nurseries, has three great qualities:
- it is very vigorous,
- it is resistant to rust, a disease common to plants of the Malvaceae family,
- unusual colouring with long, delicate chartreuse yellow flowering.
Landscaping tip. It is fabulous planted at the back of a bed, on its own or in mass for its architectural verticality. This ephemeral perennial can be left to reseed itself freely. In a natural garden, Alcea rugosa can form colonies.
Grow in the sun in rich, well-drained soil. Alcea Rugosa will need staking if planted in situations exposed to wind. Height: 200 cm. Flowers from June to September.