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Moonflowers and Hollyhocks: Perennial dreams of Annual flowers

Updated on November 17, 2014

Flowers in Her Hair

I noticed that moonflowers like to creep. So I tried to imagine what I would want a deadly poisonous flower creeping on. Not on the neighbor's dogs--however much I dislike them. But how about a backyard bush? I don't much like bushes anyway since the flowers on the bushes we have are entirely too small. One bush produced tiny flowers that attracted flies!

Flowers Everywhere

It seemed to work out pretty well. The vine creeps where it will. I put on gloves to lay it back on the bush when it creeps off. We have no dogs or children to ingest the poisonous plant. Now if only I could get those mangy rabbits to eat it!

Huge White Blossoms

Although the moonflowers seems to prefer to bloom in night where I guess only bats could pollinate it, on a cloudy day some flowers were coaxed to stay open past their usual bed times.

White Hollyhocks

As much as I would like to assert that the hollies are the end result of a horticultural experiment gone wrong, nothing could be further from the truth. The hollyhocks did no wrong. It was I who planted then up on a hill, in full sun, during a drought. They not only languished there but in their weakened state they were easy prey for ravenous bugs. I gave then extra water to live though the drought restrictions prevents me from giving them much.


And then it rained. A lot. And they blossomed. A lot. Rogue hollies made good!


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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Patsy we tried to grow as many colors of hollyhocks as we could. So far we only got white, pink and red to grow.

      Thanks for the thumbs up.

      Be blessed!

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      I adore big white moon flowers You've inspired me to look for white hollyhocks. Up, UFI, pin, tweet.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Thanks for dropping by Fay Favored. I think I may have had my last season with the big flowers since in California it will be too dry to plant them.

      Have a blessed day.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      When I saw your article it reminded me of a former neighbor who grew moonflowers. They were fabulous and adorned her front entrance. She gave me some seeds, but mine never looked like hers. Thank you for reminding me of these lovely flowers.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Hello Lee. I agree that having these big beautiful flowers around is a delight.

      Be blessed!

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      Lee Hansen 2 years ago from Vermont

      I've not had much success with moonflowers the past few years but I do love to have them near the porch or patio to enjoy on cloudy days and in the evening. The moths seem to like them - but I had no idea they're poisonous. Best not plant those until my grandkids are a bit older and less likely to taste. Bravo on the hollyhock survival skills!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Thanks for dropping by Au fait. I tend to like large flowers and these fill the bill.

      Have blessed day!

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Moonflowers are bigger than I thought they would be. All very pretty.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Sylvestermouse Texas, where I am living at the moment can have a lot of clay in the soil. For us all it took was sufficient water to get the flowers to produce.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 2 years ago from United States

      These are really beautiful flowers! My mother brought me some moonflowers last year, but sadly, did didn't bloom for me the way the did for her. I am suspicious of my soil. Probably too much clay.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Lynn I will be moving to California soon where I don't think they will let me plant anything due to the water restrictions.

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      Lynn Savitzky 2 years ago from New Jersey

      These are beautiful. I wish I had a house so I could plant some of these, my apartment's too small for such huge flowers.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Thanks for the vote and the kind words Mary. I must say I am astonished that they don't flourish in Florida. When I lived there it seemed that everything grew. Even gators!

      Be blessed.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Shyron, if you have any photos of those rows and rows of hollyhocks, please share. I would love to see them! Thanks for the vote. Have a blessed day.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I used to grow these when I lived in Georgia, but not here in Florida. Probably just too hot for them.

      Your flowers are just beautiful. Voted this UP and shared.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      I love the flowers, especially the Hollyhocks. My grandmother grew several rows in the garden and I would walk between the rows and admire them.

      wonderful hub, voted up, UABI and shared.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Thanks for dropping by Audrey and Jaime. Glad you enjoyed the flowers.

      Have a blessed day.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Thank you for the flowers this morning. I needed them. Jamie

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      I never realized that moonflowers were poisonous--and they are so beautiful too!!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Hello Laurel. Glad you enjoyed the flowers. Maybe you will have some luck with them this year. Have a blessed day!

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      Laurel Johnson 2 years ago from Washington KS

      I love moonflowers and hollyhocks but we can't seem to get them started here. Enjoyed this hub and your beautiful photos.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Jackie I am impressed that your hollyhocks are doing well in the cold. For us here in the Dallas area it has been cool rather than cold as it has been in the east. My hollyhock plants were taller at one point but as soon as winter got a little more serious they lost some height. Maybe they died back or something. In any case, I still see some broad green leaves and the promise of spring.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I love Hollyhocks; I got some started last year that is supposed to bloom this year. They are still green even in the cold we have had. Hope they live!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Peg, I live a little north of you so we share the drought. One thing I did was to water everything else less and water the flowers more. So some other plants just flat out died. There's that and then there is the fact that we have to water our foundation or it may crack.

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Lovely photos of these deceptively beautiful flowers. You seem to have luck with these blooms in your yard. We have had a drought here so things have died back quite a bit.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Thanks for dropping by ThoughtForce. The stalks for Hollyhocks can be a little gangly but the blooms are lovely

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      Christina Lornemark 2 years ago from Sweden

      I like white flowers in the garden and these two are both beautiful. I had Hollyhocks in my former garden but for some reason I forgot to plant some in my present garden. Thanks for reminding me of them!

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      justmesuzanne 2 years ago from Texas

      I actually do live in the DFW area! When I was a child, moon flowers were already planted at the house we lived in and they came back year after year with no care at all. Since then, I've never been able to grow them again.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Suzanne, maybe it's the area you live in. Here in the North Dallas area they seem to grow like weeds.

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      justmesuzanne 2 years ago from Texas

      We had moonflowers when I was a child, but I have never been able to get them to grow since.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Rachel, rumor has it that spring is coming so enjoy!

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I love these Moon flowers. I saw in a yard not too far from mine Hollyhocks, but I never saw Moon flowers. I am going to look for them this spring.

      Thanks for sharing. Blessings.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      no problem, I know which ones to watch out for now, lol

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Hello Brite-Ideas. Thanks for dropping by. I am glad you liked the flowers!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Although I love flowers, I'm not an expert on them and visiting here today I learned that Moonflowers are poisonous - glad I stopped by!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Thelma I am glad that you enjoyed the flowers!

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      What beautiful flowers you have! I think I have not seen those in real life. Well done! Thanks for sharing.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Thanks for dropping by anglnwu!

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      anglnwu 2 years ago

      Love your pictures , the hollyhocks look lovey. Where I'm from moonflowers are also called morning glory, for obvious reasons. They bloom best in the morning, so glorious. Thanks for sharing.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Thank you very much for dropping by Cynthia. It is a delight to read your comments.

      Near as I can tell, what you call bindweed we call morning glories. A beautiful flower that can be a troublesome weed.

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      poetryman, I , like MsDora, enjoy your easy writing style with its little surprise spurts of vitriol and creeping humour (if you don't mind me using your own metaphor). I wonder, is the Moonflower related to what we on Vancouver Island called 'bind weed'? It seems to have a similar white trumpet flour and heart shaped leaves... bindweed is the bane of gardeners in my community-- it spreads in many ways and likes to choke anything it can climb up (such as berry bushes and rhododendrons. But the flower is very beautiful. Hollihocks I love-- and our drought this summer, like yours, prevented them from blooming until the rains came. I'm hoping for better luck next summer.

      Voted up, interesting + funny, pinned and shared! ~Cynthia

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Alicia, thank so much for dropping by.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      These are both lovely flowers. I enjoyed learning about them. Thanks for sharing the photos and the information.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      MsDora thank you for dropping by. I am glad you enjoyed the flowers.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      I like your easy-to-read writing style and the information on these two flowers. Very good pictures, too.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Thank you for dropping by Nancy. Yes it is beautiful to see them as evening falls.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I love both moonflowers and hollyhocks. When I was a kid, my step-father's mom had moonflowers twining up her wooden fence. They were so beautiful, and every evening I'd go out to stand and watch them open. I thought it was a fascinating thing to see them open, because I never got to see any of the daytime flowers open. I enjoyed your Hub, and didn't know these plants were poisonous until I read it here. Thanks for sharing.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Some of our hollyhocks got eaten by bugs over the summer but now that fall is here, they are making a comeback.

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      Caren White 2 years ago from Franklin Park, NJ

      Hollyhocks are one of my favorite flowers but I always lose them to ruse. Love your white ones!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I am glad you liked the flowers Peggy.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I have grown moonflowers on a fence once time and never realized that they were supposedly poisonous. We had dogs at the time and they were fine. Both flowers you featured are pretty in totally different ways.