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Black Hollyhock (Alcea rosea nigra)

$12.00
Item #:
603327
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Item #:
603327
Availability:
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Description

Hardy, early-summer flowering biennial
Description:  Maroon-black, single flowers on tall stalks
Habit:  Grows 6-8 feet high and 2 feet wide
Culture:  Prefers full sun and moderately rich soil
Hardiness:  Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3
Origin:  Asia Minor
Attributes:  Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies

Hollyhocks have been grown in American gardens since early colonial days.  In John Parkinson's A Garden of Pleasant Flowers (1629), he described a variety as being "of a darke red like black bloud", which probably corresponds to this black form.  The Boston nurseryman, John B. Russe, offered seeds of "Black antwerp hollyhock: Althea nigra" in a forty-two-page catalogue published in 1827.  Hollyhocks are often reminiscent of cottage or grandmother's gardens of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and were a dominant flower in garden illustrations.  Thomas Jefferson grew hollyhocks, but there is no reference to the black hollyhock in his papers.  Although classed as a biennial, hollyhocks often live for several years, like a perennial. Hollyhock flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

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