Botanical Name: Alcea rosea Cherry Plum
Common Name: Hollyhock Cherry Plum
Category: Hardy Biennial
Seed Count: 50
Alcea rosea Cherry Plum, Hollyhock Cherry Plum: These drought hardy, stately biennials are an ‘Old English’ favorite originating in China. The single, large mallow like blooms are a striking ’Cherry Plum’ with a prominent creamy stigma. These are held in small clusters in succession along sturdy stems reaching up to 1.8m tall. Does not need staking. The roundish mallow leaves are course and leathery. Lovely planted with Phlomis purpurea. Hardy plant for the dry garden. Enjoys full sun and well drained humus rich soil. 180cm H x 50cm W.
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.