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Hollyhock 'Nigra'

Alcea rosea, Althaea rosea

Hardy Perennial

Tall strong stems bearing chocolate maroon flowers, becoming almost 'black' towards the centre. This is a unique variety creating an impressive impact against most backgrounds. Flowers mid to late summer. Height 5ft.

Culinary note: try crystallising the flowers for a tasty cake decoration, or use them to make a delicately flavoured syrup to use with puddings. For more details about edible flowers click here.

Ideal For:
cottage gardens, wildlife gardens
Flowering Period:
June, July
Sowing Months:
February, March, April, May, June, July
Position:
full sun
    • 1 packet (50 hollyhock seeds)

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    • £0.99
Sow on the surface of the compost in late winter in John Innes Compost. Make sure that the compost is moist but not wet and seal in a polythene bag until after germination which usually takes 12-21 days at 15-21C (65-70F). Do not exclude light which is beneficial to germination.They can also be sown in mid summer, overwintered in a coldframe and planted out in spring. This produces larger plants.

Transplant when large enough to handle into 8cm (3in) pots and grow on in cooler conditions. Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 10-15 days before planting out after all risk of frost 38cm (15in) apart in well cultivated garden soil and some shelter.

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