10 Purple Hollyhock Varieties With Names and Pictures

Looking for a purple hollyhock to add to your garden this season? Hollyhocks can have purple blooms, ranging from deep purple to light lavender. In this article, gardening expert Paige Foley lists her favorite purple hollyhocks, with names and pictures of each!

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The color purple has been connected with royalty, wealth, and power for centuries. This is because long ago, purple dye was rare and very expensive to use. As such, the color purple still holds a sense of royalty when you see it, especially in the garden.

Hollyhocks come in many varieties and colors, and all require similar care. Placing in full sun and providing plenty of water will yield vibrant blooms and dramatic height. An excellent choice in an area of the garden where other plants can’t handle the summer sun.

Of all the colors hollyhock blooms in, purple has to be the most eye-catching. You have numerous choices from single, semi-double and double bloom and a number of height options. Once you choose a bloom pattern and height, you should have a few varieties of purple hollyhock to choose from. Let’s take a look at some popular purple varieties of hollyhock you can grow this season.

‘Queeny Purple’

Close-up of a blooming Alcea rosea 'Queeny Purple' flower against a blurred green leafy background. Large double flower of with frilly petals.
‘Queeny Purple’ is a royal variety with frilly petals.
botanical-name botanical name Alcea rosea ‘Queeny Purple’
plant-type plant type Biennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 2’-3’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-9

We are going to start off with one variety that is true royalty. A winner of the All-American Selection, this frilly petalled purple hollyhock is a dwarf variety.

This is an excellent choice for containers or low flower beds as it only gets to 3 feet tall. A first year bloomer makes it a great choice for impatient gardeners like myself.

‘Creme De Cassis’

Close-up of an Alcea rosea 'Creme De Cassis' flower against a dark blurred background. The flower is large, funnel-shaped, with a blackcurrant color towards the middle of the flower and lighter towards the edges. A carpel covered with stamens protrudes from the center of the flower.
‘Creme De Cassis’ has unique flowers with a blackcurrant color towards the middle of the flower.
botanical-name botanical name Alcea rosea ‘Creme De Cassis’
plant-type plant type Biennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 6’-8’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-9

This variety is named after a liqueur with the same name. The liqueur is made from blackcurrants and is red in color. The flower is also similar in color with blackcurrant coloring towards the middle of the flower and becoming lighter towards the edges.

Another feature of this variety is that it’s a first year bloomer and the flowers can be single, semi-double and double blooms all on the same stem. Combined with its impressive heights of 6 to 8 feet, this variety is a must have in any space.

‘Charters Double Purple’

Close-up of a rich reddish purple Alcea rosea 'Chater's Double Purple' flower in a sunny garden. The flower is large, double, consists of many rich burgundy petals with slightly wavy edges, arranged in several rows, completely covering the center of the flower.
‘Chater’s Double Purple’ produces frilly double flowers.
botanical-name botanical name Alcea rosea ‘Chater’s Double Purple ’
plant-type plant type Biennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 5’-6’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-9

This variety has a pom pom style double bloom that grows in a reddish-purple color. The crepe-like blooms attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies all season. A perfect backdrop for lower annual or perennials.

This variety looks excellent with other double charter hollyhocks in pink, white, and yellow. Plant in full sun and well-draining soils and watch this variety bloom from mid-summer to fall.

‘Nigra’

Close-up of a blooming Alcea rosea 'Nigra' flower against a blurred garden background. The flower is large, dark burgundy, almost black, with a protruding creamy carpel from the center. The petals have a bluish tint.
‘Nigra’ blooms with dark burgundy, almost black flowers that will give your garden contrasting colors.
botanical-name botanical name Alcea rosea ‘Nigra’
plant-type plant type Biennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 6’-8’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-9

This is a heirloom variety that has been around for centuries. It was grown by Thomas Jefferson in his famous gardens of Monticello. Noted for its nearly black blooms which are actually dark maroon in color.

One of my favorite varieties and a true classic. When you think of hollyhock most likely this is the variety that comes to mind. A classic cottage garden favorite, they are best known for growing along fences, buildings or flower beds.

‘Spring Celebrities Purple’

Close-up of a blooming Alcea rosea 'Spring Celebrities Purple' flower in a garden. The flower is large, double with frilly petals.
‘Spring Celebrities Purple’ is a delicate cultivar with large double flowers.
botanical-name botanical name Alcea rosea ‘Queeny Purple’
plant-type plant type Biennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 2’-3’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-9

Similar to the Spring Celebrities Lilac, this variety is short and delicate. The bloom is a large, double bloom with a traditional purple frilly petal. Plant with celebrities lilac to bring hues of purple to seas of green foliage.

Hardy in zones 3 and above, a great choice in northern regions where soils freeze. The seeds can handle the freezing soils without being damaged. They will germinate in the spring once soil conditions are ideal. Germination takes 2 to 3 weeks depending on your region’s spring climate.

‘Halo Lavender’

Close-up of blooming flowers of Alcea rosea 'Halo Lavender' on a tall stem against a blurred green background. The flower is large, funnel-shaped, open, velvety purple with a crimson halo around the white center.
‘Halo Lavender’ is a stunning mallow variety with velvety purple flowers and a crimson halo around a white centre.
botanical-name botanical name Alcea rosea ‘Halo Lavender’
plant-type plant type Biennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 5’-6’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-9

An absolutely stunning variety of hollyhock. A rich velvety violet single bloom with a raspberry halo wrapped around a clean white center. It grows to about 6 feet tall and about 2 feet wide making it a good choice along fences, buildings and backdrop to flower gardens.

Plant with other hollyhock from the Halo Series to create a beautiful bicolor bloom garden. The halo series produces a number of bi-colored flowers. They are eye-catching between their petal pattern and height.

‘Blacknight’

Close-up of a flowering plant Alcea rosea 'Blacknight' in a sunny garden against a blurred green background. The plant has a tall green stem covered with large, bright green, shallowly-lobed leaves and large, deep purple, almost black flowers with pale green centers and prominent white pollen-covered carpels.
‘Blacknight’ is a gorgeous dark mallow variety producing deep purple-black single flowers on tall stems.
botanical-name botanical name Alcea rosea ‘Blacknight’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 5’-6’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-9

Tall, dark and handsome is the best way to describe this hollyhock.This variety has deep purple-black single bloom atop stalks that reach 5 to 6 feet tall. The best feature of this hollyhock is that it’s a true perennial, not a biennial. It will continue to grow year after year from the same seed.

The spotlight series consists of four stable, single bloom, straight-colored flowers. The varieties are Blacknight, Mars Magic, Polarstar and Sunshine. What sets these hollyhocks apart from others is that they are all true perennials. When all varieties are planted together, they are sure to be showstoppers in the garden.

‘Chater’s Double Maroon’

Close-up of a blooming Alcea rosea 'Chater's Double Maroon' flower in a sunny garden. The flower is large, double, and deep maroon in color, consisting of an outer circle of large satin petals and many small ones in the center, completely covering the center of the flower.
‘Chater’s Double Maroon’ produces satin double maroon flowers.
botanical-name botanical name Alcea rosea ‘Chater’s Double Maroon’
plant-type plant type Biennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 5’-7’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-9

Contrasting well with its dark green foliage, the blooms have a satiny double flower that blooms in deep maroon colors. The blooms can get exceptionally large, up to 6 inches in diameter.

This variety would look amazing with other charter double varieties such as charters double white and charters double pink. Or, you can leave it all on its own to stand as a focal point of your garden.

‘Purple Rain’

Close-up of an Alcea rosea 'Purple Rain' flower against a blurred green background. Flower Large, funnel-shaped, deep purple with a pale yellow center and prominent white carpel.
‘Purple Rain’ has funnel-shaped flowers with yellow centers that are very attractive to butterflies and bees.
botanical-name botanical name Alcea rosea ‘Purple Rain’
plant-type plant type Biennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 5’-7’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-9

This variety has deep royal purple flowers with a pale yellow centers. Plant in full sun to reach heights greater than 7 feet. They prefer 8 hours of sunlight per day but can tolerate less. Consider a different location if they will receive less than 4 hours of sunlight per day.

Hummingbirds, butterflies and bees will love this variety. Plant at the back of a pollinator garden to add some contrasting height.

‘Cerise’

Close-up of a blooming Alcea rosea 'Cerise' flower in a garden against a blurred house and trees. The flower is large, funnel-shaped with bright pink petals and a purple halo towards the center. In the center of the flower is an oblong carpel with stamens.
‘Cerise’ produces delightful large pink flowers with a purple halo in the center.
botanical-name botanical name Alcea rosea ‘Cerise’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 6’-8’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-9

If you can’t decide between planting pink or purple hollyhocks, consider Cerise from the halo series. You can have the best of both colors in one single bloom. This variety has large, single pink pink blooms with a beautiful purple halo towards the center.

A very tall hollyhock at 6 to 8 feet, it is rather bushy and a true perennial. This variety will bloom in its first year in warmer regions. If you live in colder regions and want to see blooms the first year, consider planting early in the spring or indoors.

Final Thoughts

Hollyhocks are a cottage garden staple and purple hollyhocks are a staple as well. They bring a royal elegance that’s unmatched by any other color. The blooms will be present all season long and can withstand the intense heat and sun. You will not be disappointed by a single variety of purple hollyhock.

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