6001-UT Alcea nigra
Hollyhocks are native to Europe and Asia, but are now cultivated all over the world.
In Canada they are a standard cottage garden plant that towers above many at up to 8′ tall to form a beautiful backdrop in a perennial border, or cover up an unsightly wall or fence. There are often classed as biennial, but may live a few years in good conditions. Deep, velvety purple-red blossoms are so rich they look black.