Alcea nigra – hollyhock black

Alcea nigra)

What a beauty and certainly a must for gothic gardens.

Alcea nigra is the blackest of hollyhocks

Heirloom variety grown by thomas jefferson over 200 years ago

Flower: deep purple-maroon-black flowers which are displayed on spikes and makes an excellent, outstanding display

Makes a good cut flower

Attracts butterflies

Extra bits: alcea nigra is a biennial but will occasionally bloom the first year – self seeds.

Needs heat to germinate.

Height: 5-8 feet

Zone: 4-9 (uk zone 7)

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Maria is currently growing everything from seed that she can lay her hands on. Also playing with colours and textures to fulfill her garden desires...