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  • Eventual height: 1.5m
  • Eventual spread: 1.2m

Alcea rosea 'Nigra'


Perfect for pollinators
approx 50 seeds £2.79
  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: moderately-fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: June to August
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Towering spires open from the base upwards to reveal yellow-centred, chocolate-maroon flowers. Perfect for providing vertical interest in a sunny, well-drained border, hollyhocks are traditionally associated with cottage gardens, however the dramatic colouring of this variety works equally well in contemporary planting schemes.

    Please note: Rust is a very common problem on hollyhocks, and unless the plants have been sprayed intensively with fungicides, it is rare to see one that will not have been affected. We keep beehives here on our nursery, so we try to keep the use of chemicals to a minimum - and in our experience, while hollyhock rust may look a little unsightly towards the end of summer, it rarely has an impact on the plants' impressive performance.

  • Garden care: Under glass, sow seeds 2mm deep in peat-based compost and keep moist (but not wet) until they germinate. Thin out when they are large enough to handle and pot on. Gradually harden off before planting out after all risk of frost has passed. Alternatively, sow later in the year directly into a well-prepared bed. Seeds sown in autumn have a better chance of producing flowers in their first summer. Others usually won't flower until the following year.

  • Sow: April-September

  • Flowering: June-August

  • Approximate quantity: 50 seeds.
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