Hollyhock, Arabian Nights (Alcea rosea var nigra), packet of 20 seeds, organic
Family: Mallow (Malvaceae)
Hardy to Zones 5 to 9
Herbaceous perennial native to China, flowering from 5 to 7 feet tall. Planting hollyhocks is one of the easiest ways to add color and large, blowsy blossoms to your garden. Direct seed in spring, or start indoors in pots and transplant out after frost. Place seed on the seedbed, cover with 1/4 inch of soil, tamp securely and keep warm and evenly moist until germination. Plant prefers sun to part shade and mesic soils. Root restriction is relished–they seem to do best when growing up next to a rock or in poor soil next to a curb. They usually do not flower until the second year. Plant 1 to 2 feet apart.
20 seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown