Black Hollyhock Seed Pack
Black Hollyhock: Alcea rosea nigra.
Alcea rosea nigra came to Europe from China during the 15th century. At this time, the herbalist William Turner gave it the name "holyoke" from which the English name hollyhock derives. Black hollyhock was described as early as 1629 by John Parkinson, as being "of a darke red like black blood," an appropriate description for the large single flowers that appear in the summer. Hollyhock is a biennial and grows to 8' tall. Plants need full sun and produce large, dark maroon flowers that may appear black depending on the light. When sown in early spring, it may flower during its first year. Hollyhocks frequently self-sow and are a wonderful accent at the back of a flower bed. Sow seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before planting outside or direct sow into the garden in the early summer. Cover seeds with ¼" of soil and keep the soil moist but not wet.
Seeds germinate in 10 to 14 days at soil temperatures between 60-70°F.
USDA Zones 2 to 9.