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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 24 to 36 inches
Plant Spread: 18 to 24 inches
Fruit: Dehiscent
Other: Approximately 1/4 inch glabrous capsules containing numerous tiny seeds.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Bi-Color: 2 lower lavender to pink petals with yellow dotted throat, 1 upper petal is white.
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Hummingbirds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Days to germinate: May take several months.
Depth to plant seed: Shallowly sow at approximate depth of seed, covering with thin layer of fine grit or soil.
Other info: Prolific reseeders.
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Love the charming delicate flowers on this lovely heirloom plant.

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