Are these Hollyhocks?

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  1. Frankie dufort

    Frankie dufort New Seed

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    Hi All,

    I’m wondering if anyone can help. These shrubs seem to have taken over the garden. They look like Hollyhocks to me. But I don’t recognise the purple bit in the middle and not sure if I should just take them out?
    Thanks in advance!
     

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    Odif Young Pine

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    They are mallow I reckon. They make nice pink flowers, they are hard to pull up though, because they have a huge tap root.
     
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    Frankie dufort New Seed

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    Thanks Odif, :) looks like that might be them! Hard to know if I should wait to let them flower as it might take some time.... they seem to be everywhere!
     
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    Hollyhocks are a tall flower !!
     



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    Frankie dufort New Seed

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    Thanks Mart! Yes I know what they look like once they are adults. Just trying to distinguish them at seedlings as I don’t want something that isn’t a hollyhock taking over. I love hollyhocks....and if they are them I’ll move them. But if they are something else I’d like to get rid before they get to big....I’m just no expert at distinguishing from seedling :)
     
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    Odif Young Pine

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    They are a pest in my garden. Hollyhocks have hairy leaves mallow make nice flowers but are hard to get rid of
     
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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Odif Young Pine

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    @toni I would never have guessed that mallow would be classed as hollyhocks.
     
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    Frankie dufort New Seed

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    Thanks for your help everyone :) its definitely Mallow! I will be taking these up as seem to be taking over everything!
     
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    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    Frankie. You could always leave one or two, as these Malva's come in a variety of colours--and you may find them attractive. I always have 2-3 in my garden; hoewever, I am careful to deadhead after the blooms have closed. My bees enjoy this plant and cover themselves with the pollen.
     
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    Have fun trying to pull them out.
     
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    Frankie dufort New Seed

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    Thanks Sjoerd. I have left a couple infant! Just out of curiosity mainly but away from any of my roses :). Love anything that bees can cat covered in pollen with! A joy to see!
     
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