Colourful, Snapdragon-like tubular flowers of mixed red shades are abundantly borne along tall flower spikes.
Colourful, snapdragon-like tubular flowers of mixed red shades are abundantly borne along tall flower spikes. Foliage is neat, often glossy and unusually evergreen and grows to a height of 90 cm (36"). Flowers appear late spring to mid-summer and continue through to late August. Often treated as a "hardy annual" in winter climates where direct autumn sowings bloom in the following summer. In areas where winter snow cover is unreliable, a protective mulch is suggested. Hardy to Zone 5-6 with protection, otherwise it is best to approach this plant as a tender perennial best grown as an annual.
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How To Grow
2,300 seeds/gram. Half hardy perennial that requires a winter mulch in areas of severe cold and little snow cover. Indoors sow seed in a soil-less mix in mid March. Germinate seeds at 18-20 C (65-70 F) for 10-15 days. Grow on under lights then harden off and transplant to a sunny site with rich, well drained soil. Direct garden seeding can also be done in fall. Space plants 30 cm (12") apart in the garden.
Blooming Season Begins
Tender Perennial Requiring Special Protection for Overwintering
Start Indoors or Sow Direct in Fall
Days to Emergence
10 to 15
Medium Tall %2860 to 90 cm%29%2824 to 36%22%29
Degree of Difficulty
Hummingbird and butterfly gardens
Extended flowering period.
Massing in sunny gardens.