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Alcea rosea 'Nigra' is a classic single-flowered hollyhock, in deep blackcurrant-purple.

When you think of a British cottage garden, you think of hollyhocks, tall, towering stems lining a path or standing either side of a gate. They are wonderful plants that flower all summer long, no countrystyle garden is complete without them. Hollyhocks do have a tendency to rust – Copper Mixture will keep this at bay.

Genus Alcea
Variety Nigra
Type Perennial (grown as a Biennial)
Common Name Hollyhock
Border Position Back
Soil Type Acid, Chalky, Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained, Well-drained
Height 2m (79in)
Spacing 45-60cm (18-24in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow under cover in April-May, or direct May-July.
Care Tips Prevent rust with Copper Mixture.
Flowering June - August
Vase Life Sear their stems for 20 secs before giving them a deep cool drink. Use their full height with either several colours jumbled together or a single colour in a stately vase.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
How to sow and grow hollyhocks

Sarah shares her instructions on how to sow and grow hollyhocks for that typical cottage garden look.


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