Wild Hollyhock (Iliamna rivularis)
Wild or mountain hollyhock is a perennial plant that flowers during the months of June through August these plants can grow up to 6 feet tall, with pale pink lobed shaped petals. When comparing wild hollyhock and domestic hollyhock, their genus differs as well as the flower itself. Wild hollyhock has much smaller flower petals and usually blooms at the end of the stem, whereas domestic hollyhock has flowers blooming throughout the whole length of the stem. Wild hollyhock blooms along roadsides, creeks, and trails. In the park, check out Shadow Mountain, it will give you breathtaking views of the Grand Tetons, with the chance to get amazing photos of some bison and other beautiful flowers in the park.
For wild hollyhock seeds to germinate, they must endure some sort of environmental stress, such as fire or scarring from streams. Without such disturbances, the seeds can remain viable underneath the ground for several decades!
Written by Anna Cressman
PC: Anna Cressman