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Selected from an Old Vermont Barnyard!

Old Barnyard Mix Hollyhock

3 1/2-inch Pot
Item # 48095
$7.95
Buy 3+ at $6.95

They'll reseed for years, giving you more color every season!

You've never grown Hollyhocks until you watch this midnight-red explode into 5-inch bloom!
Dug out of an old Vermont barnyard many years ago and carefully crossed and re-crossed for bigger, bolder blooms (and to eliminate rust, the enemy of Hollyhocks everywhere!), this delightful Hollyhock captures the joy of the old-fashioned cottage garden. These blooms look like Grandma's might have: single-flowered in dark, rich colors you just can't find in today's newer varieties!

Each bloom is 3 to 5 inches wide, with a bold yellow center and an absolutely dazzling color -- brights and pastels as well as deep jewel tones. They arise most heavily in early summer on thick, sturdy 4- to 6-foot stems, attracting hummingbirds by the dozen! It is especially attractive to Checkered Skippers and the Common Hairstreak, acting as a host plant where they lay their eggs. In the north, the blooms may well continue all season! Stake them to support the long, bloom-filled stalks, or let them lean against a building or other support. (In the olden days, Hollyhocks were traditionally grown against the sunny side of the barn, where they flourished in all the manure and muck!

Be sure to leave the last blooms on the plant even after the petals fall, for they will do your reseeding for you, and you'll be rewarded with plenty of new plants come spring.

Space these plants 2 feet apart in sun to part shade in fertile, moist soil. Hollyhocks like a good feed, so you might want to top-dress with cow manure (home cooking to the Old Barnyard Mix!) to really get them growing. They are not long-lived, so let the new plants come up each spring to be assured of plentiful, ever-increasing color! Zones 3-9.

Genus Alcea
Species rosea
Variety Old Barnyard Mix
Zone 3 - 9
BloomStartToEnd Early Summer - Mid Summer
Habit Upright
PlantHeight 4 ft - 6 ft
PlantWidth 24 in
BloomSize 3 in - 5 in
AdditionalCharacteristics Flower, Hummingbird Lovers, Repeat Bloomer
BloomColor Mix
BloomSeason Summer
LightRequirements Full Sun, Part Shade
MoistureRequirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Rust
SoilTolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Border, Cut Flowers, Ornamental, Outdoor
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Average Based on 1 Reviews Write a Review
The best hollyhock you will find!
S. V. from NC wrote (April 23, 2012):
Bought a few lof these last summer. Plants are very healthy, and already forming buds to my surprise! Foliage is big and chartreuse green in colour. I have several hollyhocks that I purchased from other nurseries and they still under 20'' and the ones I bought from Park Seed-are over 1'
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