From a distance, the dark color of The Watchman is as black as the moonless night sky, but on closer inspection you can see its rich purplish burgundy cast. In 1629, John Parkinson described black hollyhocks as being of a dark red like black blood. Thomas Jefferson grew them at his Monticello estate and loved them nearly as much as he did his roses. Seductive towers of flowers for bees and butterflies, they make an excellent backdrop for pink, red, yellow, or white flowers, and fences. (Botanical Interests)
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater.
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- Variety of
- Malva alcea var. 'Fastigiata' (Malva alcea var. 'Fastigiata')
- 180 - 240 cm
- Full sun
- Alkaline, Neutral