This is a second year plant. As you can see it is already over 3' tall and 2' wide. I like this plant because it keeps color from spring through to late fall in Zone 7.
This does very well in central Florida, flowering for most of the year, as long as it is periodically cut back to keep new shoots forming. It does get some freeze damage below 28 degrees or so, but resprouts quickly.
LOVE this for a great shot of fall color !
just about all the way open
mid-way through bloom 'period'
the best shot i could get looking 'inside'
close-up side view of the 'dew drop'
it took about 4/5 days to go from the yellow to this fuchsia/orange/red/pink....color
another pic of the same flower @ 4 days. the color @ the 'base' of the flower is so intense it looks blurry ( but its really not) just the tip is (blurry)
it actually glows at sunset