The Q&A Archives: Wildflower Seed Mix

Question: Can you give me information on the following wildflowers:
Lupine, Annual Baby's Breath, Cornflower, Cosmos, Virginia Stock, Catchfly, Moutain Garland and Shirley Poppy.

Answer: Each of the plants listed will thrive in full sunshine, in average soil. The plants will need regular watering during the earliest part of the summer, but should perform well with little or no water toward the latter part of the summer. Lupine, or Texas Bluebonnet, grows 12"-18" high with divided leaves and spikes of flowers in deep blue, purple, yellow, pink or white. Some are fragrant. Gypsophila (Annual Baby's Breath) is an erect, bushy plant, growing 1'-2' tall, with tiny white flowers. Cornflower (Centaurea) is a tall, thin stemmed plant with small flowerheads in blue, pink, rose or white. Cosmos can grow to 7' tall, with an open, branching habit. It flowers profusely all summer with 2" semi-double golden yellow flowers. Stock are early blooming plants with medium green leaves and a tall spike with many small flowers on it. Lychnis, or Catchfly, is a hardy, old-fashioned garden plant, growing 12" tall withsaucer-shaped flowers in white, pink, blue or lavender. The leaves are long, narrow and pointed. Shirely Poppies are slender, branching plants 2'-5' high with short, irregularly divided leaves. The flowers are 2" across in colors of red, pink, white, orange, scarlet, or salmon. Sounds like your new wildflower garden will have a wonderful variety of foliage textures and flower colors!

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