Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Black Hollyhock

The black Hollyhock (Alcea rosea nigra) that I sowed more than a year ago is finally in bloom. It is a shame this is the only surviving plant because the flowers are spectacular. Much darker than the photo suggests, this is one of the best 'black' flowers available. The plant is doing well against the wall in my grandmother's garden. It is in a spot that gets a fair amount of sun but it is also pretty much the driest and poorest soil imaginable. Last year I grew sunflowers along it which appreciate the same conditions.

 I would imagine that these would look great in a border with a lot of airy white flowers making them really pop. As you can see this plant is not short of pollen and now that the Digitalis is about done this will probably a great snack for the insects. If it sets seed I will probably sow them immediately and try and get some more plants.

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