The Watchman Hollyhock Seeds


4.2 out of 5 stars
(5 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
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. Seductive towers of flowers for bees and butterflies make an excellent backdrop for pink, red, yellow, or white flowers. Fairly drought tolerant but performs best with ample moisture. Hollyhock flowers are edible, but very bland; however, the large, colorful petals are lovely garnishing salads or desserts. (The flower's central disk, while edible, can be bitter.)
$2.49 400 mg (~29 seeds)

Botanical Name: Alcea rosea

Family: Malvaceae

Native: Origin unknown

Hardiness: Biennial, hardy in USDA zones 2–8

Plant Dimensions: 5'–7' tall

Variety Information: 2"–4", deep burgundy (almost black) flowers

Exposure: Full sun

Bloom Period: Summer

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Fairly Drought Tolerant, Edible Flower

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, or 2 months before your average first fall frost date.

When to Start Inside: 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date. Roots are sensitive to disturbance; sow in biodegradable pots that can be planted in the ground.

Days to Emerge: 10–14 days

Seed Depth: Press into surface

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 24"–36"

Thinning: When 3" tall, thin to 1 every 24"–36"

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The Watchman Hollyhock Seeds Reviews

5 reviews

Amazing garden feature!

5 out of 5 stars Jul 24, 2018
I planted the seeds last season and had lush green plants. This season was the payoff! The plants sprung up in the spring very hearty and grew tall and straight producing dark purple, velvet-like blooms. some of the more well-watered plants grew to almost 9 feet! Even the landscaping crew wanted to know what they were and asked if they could have some seeds to plant! We live in a home built in 1702 in the Northeast and they are a perfect backdrop for the home. You just have to have patience and wait for the blooms!
Heather Carson from RI

Little let down

1 out of 5 stars Aug 10, 2019
Generally everything I get from Botanical Interests pops right up, inside or out. Sadly these let me down this year with no germination at all.
Melissa Morgan-Oakes from MA
Owner Response: Hi Melissa, Thank you for taking the time to create a review. Our seeds are guaranteed and tested often to ensure germination rates exceed both federal standards and our own. A customer service representative will be with you shortly to see what went wrong.


5 out of 5 stars Jun 18, 2020
I planted these seeds last year and the plants are just gorgeous this year. They're more than 5 1/2 feet tall and loaded with flowers right now. The color is unique and almost black upon opening and then maturing to a very dark rich purple/black. Have already planted more this year!
L Maguire from NJ


5 out of 5 stars Aug 5, 2020
I had such good results from these seeds. I started them in an egg carton indoors in March and they loved the sun and part sun areas of my yard. They grew to 8' tall and have bloomed most of the summer. No wonder they call them The Watchman--they stand tall and can guard over your yard. They flowered prolifically and are now producing enough seed to share with birds and friends. Couldn't love this more.
Sonja B from KS

Worth the wait!

5 out of 5 stars Jun 2, 2021
I planted these seeds last spring and this year I am reaping the rewards! They started to take off late winter, early spring and now just starting to bloom. We love their dark, rich color that is outstanding and growing to 6 feet as of now. Gorgeous, tall, with lots of blooms to come. They are definitely watching over the garden. beautiful!
Sabrina from WA

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