Biennials - Knowledgebase Question

manchester, CT
Question by b94khull
March 11, 1998
I'm looking for a yellow or red flowering biennial. Do you have any suggestions?


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Answer from NGA
March 11, 1998

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A biennial is a plant that flowers and dies in the second growing season after germination. That means the first year there is no flower; the second year it blooms and produces seeds and then promptly dies. Is that what you're looking for? Will itbe a fill-in type flower in your perennial bed? Also, they need to be protected from weather extremes and heavings with a heavy mulch applied after the ground has frozen. Remember to keep these things in mind when you look for a biennial plant.

Some of my favorite bienniels are Canterbury-bells, Sweet William, Foxglove, Hollyhocks and Rose Campion. Most of these can be found in a variety of colors. I'll bet you'll find just what you're looking for!

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