Hollyhock

Jessica's Hollyhock Flower
Jessica's Hollyhock FlowerPacket: ~30 seeds (0.4 gram) More info2143 available
The seeds for this hollyhock (Alcea rosea) originated from a woman whose grandmother had saved and replanted them over many generations. We regrew them on our farm and were struck by the surprising array of blossom colors: pastel pink, light pink, dark red; we even found one blossom that was one quarter white and three quarters magenta! Hollyhocks can grow well over six feet tall. Our experience was that substantial watering can make the plants top heavy, so consider trellising the plants. Bees are absolutely rapt with the hollyhock blossoms; on any given evening the flower stand will resemble the sound of a beehive. Flowers are also heavy seeders, so expect follow up seedlings for years to come. Or, gather the seeds and spread them in fallow areas to start wildflower meadows. Cutting down spent flower stalks will also prompt regrowth from the base of the plants. Dried stalks can also be used for handmade rope/cordage. 75-90 days from seed to blossom. Annual. Seeds grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.   
$3.75
Pink Hollyhock Flower
Pink Hollyhock FlowerPacket: ~30 seeds (0.4 gram) More info114 available
Hollyhocks (Alcea rosea) are easy to grow, tall annual flowers with low water and fertility requirements. We were frequently struck by their appearances on roadsides and fallow fields before we finally decided to grow some ourselves. The results were spectacular. Hollyhocks are survivors. This pink flowered strain was grown with very little water and no fertilizer. The blossoms of this variety are medium sized, three to four inches in diameter with weeks of sustained bloom. Plants can grow well over six feet tall. Our experience was that substantial watering can make the plants top heavy, thus moderate trellising may be necessary. Bees are absolutely rapt with hollyhocks; on any given evening we pass by the stands and they resemble the sound of a beehive. Hollyhocks are also heavy seeders, so expect follow up stands for years to come. Or, gather the seeds and spread them in fallow areas to start wildflower meadows. Dried stalks can also be used for handmade rope/cordage. 75-90 days from seed to blossom. Annual. Seeds grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
$3.75