Hollyhock rust is caused by a fungus that overwinters in basal leaves which may live through the winter, or on plant debris. Spores remain viable for at least four months in the soil. Reddish, raised spots develop on leaf undersides, and then darken late in the growing season. Stems may also be attacked, and if the case is severe, leaves may dry up and hang down.
Use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for successful plant problem management.
Select non-chemical management options as your first choice!
- Pick up and burn all infected plant parts during the growing season, at the end of the growing season, and again in early spring.
- Remove other hosts like cheeseweed (Malva parviflora), Lavatera, Hibiscus, and other Malvaceae plants.
IMPORTANT: Visit Home and Garden Fact Sheets for more information on using pesticides.
- Fungicide applications should only be used in conjunction with cultural management options.
Listed below are examples of pesticides that are legal in Washington. Always read and follow all label directions.