hol·​ly·​hock | \ˈhä-lē-ˌhäk, -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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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 Flower to start from seeds: lobelia, pansies, rhodochitons, fibrous begonias, foxglove and hollyhock. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Readers ask: Seedlings, compost and overgrown orchids," 9 Mar. 2018 Examples of top re-seeders: hollyhock, marigold, calendula, and zinnia. Kier Holmes, Sunset, "10 Ways to Be a Frugal Gardener," 22 Jan. 2018 Two really tall plants, hollyhocks and foxglove, need to be started now as well. 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 \

Kids Definition of hollyhock

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

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