hol·​ly·​hock | \ ˈhä-lē-ˌhäk How to pronounce hollyhock (audio) , -ˌhȯk\

Definition of hollyhock

: a tall widely cultivated biennial or perennial herb (Alcea rosea synonym Althaea rosea) of the mallow family that has large coarse rounded leaves and tall spikes of showy flowers and that is probably of Asian origin

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From the dwarf-saucer magnolias in early spring, to the hollyhocks that Cogswell specified for the original garden, the long blooming phlox and the exotic perfume of the Plantagenet hostas in the fall, Riley watches over the process. Joan Hunt, courant.com, "Webb House Garden The Centerpiece Of CT Garden Tour," 27 June 2019 The shortlist includes roses, silver lace vines, Virginia creeper, raspberry, linden, gaura, rose of Sharon and hollyhock. Betty Cahill, The Denver Post, "How to get bad insects out of your garden, from Japanese beetles to spider mites," 24 June 2019 However, earwigs also unfortunately eat ornamental and vegetable plants, particularly dahlias, zinnias, butterfly bush, hollyhocks, lettuce, strawberries, potatoes, roses, and seedling beans and beets, as well as the silk of sweet corn. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Control Earwigs in Your Garden and Keep Them From Getting in Your House," 27 July 2018 The secret to growing good hollyhocks is finding a local seed source. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Great flowers that need an early start," 11 May 2018 The bodies arrived at a large compound that is used as the crematory, its garden lined with hollyhock flowers. New York Times, "Bomb Rattles an Afghan Minority So Small ‘No One Is a Stranger’," 2 July 2018 Collect seeds of hollyhocks, salvias, California poppies and other flowers to sow at the best time. 51. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "June in the garden," 26 May 2018 Marsh Mallow Marsh mallow is a beautiful herb that produces attractive pink or white, hollyhock-like flowers for most of the summer. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "10 Herbs That Blossom Into Stunning Flowers," 20 May 2016 Flowers to start from seed now: Fibrous begonias, rhodochitins, hollyhock and lupine. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Here are the plants you need to start now for them to be ready for summer," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hollyhock

1548, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hollyhock

Middle English holihoc marshmallow, from holi holy + hoc mallow, from Old English

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English Language Learners Definition of hollyhock

: a tall plant with rounded leaves and brightly colored flowers


hol·​ly·​hock | \ ˈhä-lē-ˌhäk How to pronounce hollyhock (audio) \

Kids Definition of hollyhock

: a plant with large rounded leaves and tall stalks of bright showy flowers

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