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A true perennial hollyhock bred and introduced in 2010 by Jelitto Seeds of  Germany. Hollyhocks have been grown in gardens for centuries, their tall spikes of satiny, crepe-textured flowers making a fine display in mid-summer. They were usually relegated to the back of a sunny border, with something in front to hide their bare lower stems. However this is no longer necessary with this new strain.This selection features tall spikes of large, old-fashioned single flowers in purple-black with a yellow eye over a low mound of foliage. Flowers appear the first season. Cut plants back to 8 inches after blooming.


Sun Exposure:  Full Sun

Soil type:  Normal, Sandy or Clay

Soil PH:  Neutral, alkaline or acid

Soil Moisture:  Average or moist

Care level:  Easy (plants may need staking)

Flower color:  Purple/black with a yellow eye

Bloom time:  Mid-late summer

Foliage Color: Light Green

Uses and Characteristics:  Good accent plant, Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, Rabbit resistant, Back of border plant, Specimen, Cut flower, Massed.  Can be grown under black walnut trees.

Flower head size:  very large

Height:  150-180 cm (59-70”) Flower spikes over 5’ tall.

Spread:  30-45 cm (12-18”)

Growth Rate:  Medium


Potential problems:  Rust can be a problem. R

emove and destroy affected leaves as soon as you see them (do not compost them).  To minimize further damage, treat the leaves, especially the undersides of the lower leaves, with sulfur dust or an organic fungicide.  
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​Alcea Rosea “Spotlight” Blacknight  (Hollyhock)

Zone 3-9