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Bloom Color: Pale Pink Pink Rose/Mauve Magenta (Pink-Purple) Fuchsia (Red-Purple)
Bloom Time: Mid Spring Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall Mid Fall
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Propagation Methods: From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse From seed; sow indoors before last frost From seed; direct sow after last frost
Seed Collecting: Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
On Aug 28, 2010, Oberon46 from (Mary) Anchorage, AK (Zone 5b) wrote:
I grew these from seed in my garage under grow lights. Planted them in April, out they went into the yard around the third week in May, and they went nuts covered with flowers in late July. Formed huge bushes with woody stems, around 20" tall and the same diameter. They seem to need help staying upright, but other than that, they have filled my garden with vibrant color when other things are fading. Full sun, average water and soil.
On Jan 26, 2010, jwilfing from Springfield, OH wrote:
Beautiful flowers; the only problem I had was that the Japanese beetles liked them better than anything else in my garden - even my roses. Once I realized they were being eaten up I sprayed them religously and they did recover.
On Jun 20, 2006, croclover from Lake Forest, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:
Lovely flowers, but you must be patient while waiting for them to bloom! I sowed these in late Jan and they didn't geminate until March or so, then they grew and grew and had buds on them that looked like they were about to bloom any day. Mine finally bloomed around June 6th, during a heat wave, and they're the dominant wildflower at the moment.
Interesting, perhaps unique...I have one solitary plant that has absolutely pure white blooms. The rest are the standard swirled pinks and hot pinks.
On Sep 13, 2005, Scorpioangel from Gold Hill, OR (Zone 7a) wrote:
What a lovely flower in so many different shades of pink. Long lasting bloom time, if the deer don't munch on the flower buds. So drought tolerant that I use it as part of my dryland area. Self seeds every year. Does not transplant very well even when very small.
On May 1, 2004, 22skadoo from San Luis Obispo, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:
This plant is one of the showiest California natives and very drought tolerant. I was amazed at the display and it was long lasting through late spring and early summer. About 18 inches high and a 2 inch flower. No pest and disease resistant. Needs a sunny location. My soil is mostly clay with some compost added. Almost every seed I scattered about, germinated. Planted them again this year.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Anchorage, Alaska Clayton, California Concord, California Fortuna, California Huntington Beach, California Lake Forest, California Merced, California Novato, California Perris, California Pleasant Hill, California Sacramento, California San Leandro, California San Luis Obispo, California Santa Maria, California Lewiston, Idaho St Charles, Illinois Carson City, Nevada Red Oak, North Carolina Springfield, Ohio Astoria, Oregon Gold Hill, Oregon Portland, Oregon Salem, Oregon Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Austin, Texas Ocean Park, Washington Shorewood Hills, Wisconsin