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Double Hollyhock 'Chater's Double Red'
Unavailable in 2018
Alcea rosea ('Chater's Double' Series)
(What's my zone?)Biennial
Cultivar Notes - 'Chater's Double Red'
Dramatic flower spikes highlight the garden, June-September. Attracts butterflies, Biennial or short-lived perennial; reseeds itself for longevity in the garden.
Genus Notes - Alcea
Hollyhocks were among the first flowers that colonists brought to the New World, and they've been a favorite ever since. Their colorful, bowl-shaped bloms, held aloft on towering spires, are a highlight of the summer garden.
Hollyhocks provide excellent architectural height in the garden and make good backdrops for lower growing perennials. Try growing them in the cottage garden style by planting them up against a wall or picket fence. Holloyhocks are mostly biennials or short-lived perennials, and will reseed themselves.
Feel free to grow hollyhocks under Black Walnut trees; they are tolerant of the toxic juglone that is emitted through the trees' roots.
Series Notes - Chater's Double
This tall strain features a wide range of shades, and its tall, sturdy spikes support tufts of ruffled, fully double flowers that open from the bottom up over a long period in summer. The leaves are deeply lobed in classic alcea form. Plants usually act as short-lived perennials, but will re-seed themselves for many years.