Hollyhock, Indian Spring Mix Seeds - (Alcea rosea)

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SKU:
F1047
Seed Count:
Approx 100 seeds per pack
Type:
Biennial
Organic:
Yes
Height:
4-9'
Plant Spacing:
18-36"
Light Preference:
Full sun or light shade
Status:
Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
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  • Indian Spring Mix Hollyhock blossoms - (Alcea rosea)
  • Stand of Indian Spring Mix Hollyhocks - (Alcea rosea)
  • Stand of Indian Spring Mix Hollyhocks - (Alcea rosea)
  • Heirloom Indian Spring Mix Hollyhock Seeds - (Alcea rosea)
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Description

Indian Spring Hollyhock Mix - Tall Beauties

These towering highlights of traditional English cottage and country gardens have 3-5" blossoms in a range of colors from white to a medium red. In ideal conditions, they can grow to 9' tall, bringing interest and drama while drawing the eyes upward.  An antique English variety which has been grown since at least the early 1500s, possibly earlier. 

Hollyhocks make great additions to pollinator or wildlife gardens as they are highly attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. 

History

Believed to be native to the eastern Mediterranean, hollyhocks were brought back to Europe and England from the Holy Land during the Crusades, becoming instantly loved and cherished for centuries afterwards.

Historical tidbit.... Old fashioned hollyhocks grew tall enough to disguise an outhouse...so were called "outhouse hollyhocks". Since outhouses were an unmentionable subject in Victorian days, visitors knew to look for the hollyhocks when seeking the outhouse, rather than asking where it was!

Uses

The leaves are edible either raw or cooked and the flower buds and petals add color and intrigue as a garnish for salads or fresh dishes. Also excellent as a long lived cut flower.

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