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I have always loved the flower on the Hollyhock plant going back to the days when I was a kid. This plant is in the mallow family of which there are about 60 varieties! When we moved to our house here in the Sierra Foothills, this plant appeared in our garden one year. It was a beautiful shade of pink…

Pink

Pink

We have had this particular color in our yard now for about 6 years. Maybe three years ago, a darker colored hollyhock showed up. I am not sure how we ended up with this lovely contrasting color. This one is almost black in color.

Black

Black

This year more colors have shown up! They showed up in an area where I harvested seeds last year. Do these mutate themselves? I have no idea! None of our neighbors have this plant in their yards, so maybe they do!

Here are photos of these new volunteers showing all their lovely colors!

Pale Pink

Pale Pink

Red

Red

White

White

Burgundy

Burgundy

The seed pods on this plant are round buttons that have numerous flat round seeds inside. The plant does survive our snow fall in the winter, and are drought tolerant. We do not water these plants and they make it through the hot summers here just fine!

The deer: They find the leaves a tasty morsel as the summer season progresses. I noticed yesterday that the deer are already feeding on this plant. As much as they mow these down, the plants come back! I would have included a shot of the area where all of these lovely plants are, but all you see are the flower stalks! Maybe later in the season as they recover I can post a photo!

Have a great Monday! Thank you for taking the time to stop by! Be well! ^..^

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