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Salpiglossis sinuata 'Chocolate Royale'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salpiglossis (sal-pee-GLOSS-iss) (Info)
Species: sinuata (sin-yoo-AY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Chocolate Royale

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive rose_gardenmom On Nov 2, 2014, rose_gardenmom from Boise, ID wrote:

I LOVE this plant! One of the few I have found that continues to bloom reliably all summer on my shady, north-facing front porch.

Positive jawharpqueen On Apr 23, 2007, jawharpqueen from San Francisco, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I have had this plant growing in my San Francisco (zone 10a) garden for two years now - the same plant! And it looks like it's even forming flower buds again. I thought it was an annual? I am so excited - I love the color and the subtle painted markings. It's so beautiful, and it flowered abundantly for months last year.

Positive Weezingreens On Sep 26, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

Chocolate Royale is a deep umber/purple. The blooms are best displayed with white flowers or against a white wall, lest they get "lost" in the foliage.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

El Sobrante, California
Richmond, California
Salinas, California
San Francisco, California
San Jose, California (2 reports)
Santa Clara, California
Loveland, Colorado
Boise, Idaho

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