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Alcea rosea 'Nigra'


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Plant details

This is a stunning hollyhock with deep chocolate-maroon flowers with bright yellow throats. Grow it at the back of the border for best effect. Flowers are produced from mid- to late summer. Sow seed during the autumn, or late winter, for flowers the following summer. Alternatively, you can sow seed during spring for flowers the following summer.

Family: Malvaceae

Genus: Alcea

Species: rosea

Cultivar: Nigra

Flower colour: Purple

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 200cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to plant seeds: September to February

Reader reviews


A simply splendid addition to any garden. The colour. The aroma. The feeling of its delicate petals...


Excellent - i have one of these in my garden and it looks fantastic in full bloom.


I like this Plant... it really brings out the colour of my eyes...
i would also reccomend the Daisy flower. great for lil girls trying to make their first flower bracelets... Perfect to keep the kids quiet for a couple of hours... :o)
p.s. love this site.


I lost all my hollyhocks due to over zealous 'gardener' helping clear garden.

I've just germinated some seeds, didn't realise they would be too late for this year. Should I still plant out or keep in pots until next spring?


I have never had a Hollyhock in my garden but this year i first, because of its height, i thought it was a sunflower but then these beautiful black jet flowers started to appear. This Hollyhock is nearly 9.5 feet tall now. I dont know where is came from but im glad that it is here.....


beautiful flower!!


Hi, i wondered if you could help me out......ive never had a Hollyhock in my garden before and i have no idea where my one came from but i have one and its so beautiful.....There are lots of seed pods on the plant left behind from the falling petals but when and how do i remove them?
I want to save the seeds and have promised friends and family some as they have all admired this 9.5 feet towering beauty. But i dont when is best to collect them.
Many thanks for your help.
Maria Kennedy


i have a alcea double chaters for the first time this year its about 9 feet tall would highly recomend it does it come back next year pleas any one

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