Are My Plants Rusting?

hollyhock rust

Are My Plants Rusting?

If your home is landscaped in a cottage garden style, there’s a good chance you have Hollyhock. Often used because they are sturdy and long blooming, Hollyhock is susceptible to a fungal disease called rust. While rust is treatable and preventable, you may want a landscape professional to advise on your garden before you start tearing these out.

Hollyhock (Alcea Rosea)

For more information on the symptoms of Hollyhock Rust visit this article by Janna Beckerman at the Purdue Landscape Report.

Hollyhock Rust Detail

Should I Remove My Hollyhock?

Hollyhock is a favorite among landscape professionals for many reasons:

  • Classic ornamental plant
  • Attracts butterflies and other pollinators
  • Comes in a variety of colors
  • Easily reseeds itself

If you like the look of Hollyhock, don’t let rust scare you out of keeping or adding it to your garden.

Do I need a Landscape Professional?

Rust is treatable, homecenter solutions may be harmful to other parts of your garden. A Walnut Ridge Landscape & Design Landscape Professional can help redesign your landscaping to provide the airflow and drainage that helps prevent Hollyhock rust without chemicals. We also offer maintenance plans to keep on top of issues that could cause rust. Contact us today to start your project.

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