Botanical Name: Alcea rosea var nigra The Watchman
Common Name: Hollyhock The Watchman
Category: Hardy Biennial
Seed Count: 45
Alcea rosea var nigra The Watchman, Hollyhock The Watchman: These drought hardy, stately biennials are an ‘Old English’ favorite, originating in China. The single mallow like blooms are dark black maroon with a prominent yellow stigma. These are held in small clusters along tall stems reaching up to 1.8m tall. The round mallow leaves are course and leathery. Wonderful for our Australian gardens with their ability to with stand the hot and dry. Plant with other dry hardy plants such as Phlomis, Geranium maderence, Echiums. Enjoys full sun and well drained humus rich soil. 180cm x 50cm.
Sow Alcea (Hollyhock) seeds in good quality compost or seed raising mix at any time but late Summer autumn is ideal. Lightly cover with fine river sand or compost to their own depth. Place in a propagator or cover with a plastic lid in a warm place. We recommend germinating at 15-20 degrees C keep moist at all times, but do not saturate. Germination in 14 to 42 days. Pot on seedlings to harden off and mature before finally planting out in the garden.