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.
• 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"