Height: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm) 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
Spacing: 18-24 in. (45-60 cm) 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F) USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Danger: All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets) From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
Seed Collecting: Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
On Mar 15, 2013, themikesmom from Concord, NC wrote:
Very lovely plant! It's tall but not as tall as Brazilian verbena so just planted it infront of one and the two go great together and they are both super butterfly magnets. We first saw this plant and wanted it a few years ago and came back to get it and it was sold out and luckily we just found it again and got the last one, its hard to find so if you see one get it for your garden.
On Aug 26, 2006, debi_z from Springfield, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:
i had 3 volunteer seedlings from this plant. they were close together and i left one which matured quickly and left me with 1 limb. the next spring it had two, then three and then a new home. i found this plant to grow quite rapidly. i unfortunately have not seen a lot of caterpillars visiting mine, but there are 3 monarchs this year that are visiting the adult blossoms. this is 2 more monarchs than the last few years.
i was deceived when purchasing this, in my mind i saw a perennial plant and it developed into what i see as more of a medium size bush, like the life cycle of the butterfly bush or the hardy hibiscus.
the "milk" refers to the white fluid that comes out when you cut the stems.
On Nov 18, 2005, trailingon from dobie, ON (Zone 3a) wrote:
When I bought this plant this spring, it was just a tiny stick. Grew fast and bloomed for a long time. Seed heads must be allowed to mature on the plant and harvested just when they are starting to split. Seeds collected germinated well.