Alcea rosea 'Nigra'
Common Name: Hollyhock
Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Good for wildlife
|Hardiness: Hardy||Height: 1.50 m (150 cm)|
|Sun/Shade: Full sun||Spread: 1.20 m (120 cm)|
|Foliage Type: Deciduous||Flower Colour: Brown, Purple, Yellow|
|Foliage Colour: Green||Flowering Period: June to August|
Soil Type: Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained
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 it is traditionally associated with cottage gardens, however the dramatic colouring of this variety works equally well in contemporary planting schemes.
- 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. Before planting out, 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 early in the year have a better chance of producing plants that will flower in their first summer. Others usually won't flower until the following year.
- Sow: April-September
- Flowering: June-August
Alcea × althaea 'Parkrondell'