Hollyhock - Nigra Flower - Heirloom
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Appears black on overcast days, but will have a hint of red in the bright sun.
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NIGRA HOLLYHOCK - HEIRLOOM Alcea rosea
Grown by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello, but mentioned even earlier by John Parkinson in 1629, who described this single hollyhock as being "of a darke red like blackblood. Appears black on overcast days, but will have a hint of red in the bright sun. Plant next to a white fence for a spectacular contrast. Self-seeding biennial, 5-6 feet tall.
Planting Instructions: Sow outdoors just beneath the surface of the soil one week before last frost. Seeds will germinate in 10-14 days. Space plants 18" to 36" apart. Prefers full sun to partial shade and rich, moist soil.