One of the most popular hollyhocks of all time, 'Chater's Double' was named after the English horticulturist, Chater of Essex, who developed this variety in 1880s. Colors include golden-yellow, rose, maroon, salmon-pink, scarlet, and white. Flowers have a long bloom period and are edible! Fairly drought tolerant but performs best with ample moisture and rich soil.
• Botanical Name: Alcea rosea
• Family: Malvaceae
• Native: Origin unknown
• Hardiness: Biennial, hardy in USDA zones 2–8
• Plant Dimensions: 5'–8' tall
• Variety Information: Golden-yellow, rose, maroon, salmon-pink, scarlet, and white 2"–4" peony-shaped, double flowers.
• Exposure: Full sun
• Bloom Period: Summer
• Attributes: 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"