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Schizanthus hookeri

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Schizanthus (ski-ZAN-thus) (Info)
Species: hookeri (HOOK-er-ee) (Info)

Synonym:Schizanthus hookerii

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Alpines and Rock Gardens

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

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

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Kim_M On Mar 28, 2005, Kim_M from Hamburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I have recently germinated Schizanthus hookerii. They germinated in approximately 14 days. They were germinated in fine peat moss. I suppose they did not require constant moist soil to germinate. As I accidently let them dry out a few times. They may have germinated sooner then 14 days. But for the most part they were easy. I believe they perfer to be germinated in the dark, or a semi bright area. Once they germinated I did move them under light.

Positive Ursula On Nov 29, 2004, Ursula from Santiago
Chile (Zone 9b) wrote:

Home of this species is the Andes Mountains (between 1400 and 2500m above sea level). Full sun, fertile and lose soil and good drainage are a must. Do not over water.

It is recommended to pinch the tips in order to induce a bushy growth. Otherwise, the plant might look leggy. However excessive pinching will result in a biennial.

Sowing recommendations: during autumn, in a mix of two parts compost, one part regular garden soil and one part sharp river sand. Seeds can also be sowed directly during the last Winter month. Schizanthus species can be tricky. If they do not germinate during the first 30 days of spring, I suggest you place the sowing pan on either a shady or a dark place and check permanently for germination. As soon as you see them germinate, re-place the sowing pan to a place with lots of light.

This plant looks lovely in flowerbeds, meadows, pots, containers, etc.


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

Richmond, California
Chewelah, Washington
Richland, Washington

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