A fast-growing annual with dense foliage on upright stems, Burning bush is showy in autumn as its leaves turn light reddish purple. Native to Eurasia, this species is usually considered a weed elsewhere because it reseeds itself abundantly.
The leaves are thin and oblong or linear, ranging in color from light green to a light gray-green. The soft, fleshy stems are blushed salmon-red and can readily flop or break in a rain or wind downburst. Flowers occur in summer but are inconspicuous. In autumn the leaves become a nice shade of deep red and burgundy before turning brown after a killing frost.
Grow Burning bush in average, well-drained soil and full sun. This annual can be sheared into a temporary hedge or a topiary shape of any kind. Use it as an annual bedding plant, hedge or low screen.
In warm climates this species of Burning bush has become so rampant that it is considered a noxious weed. Consult local authorities first about the use of this annual, especially if you live near a natural area. (info source: Learn2Grow.com)
Genus - Kochia
Species - Scoparia
Variety - Trichophylla
Common name - Mexican Fireweed
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Plant type - Annual Flower
Hardiness zones - 4 - 11
Exposure - Full Sun
Height - 0.90 m
Spread - 0.50 m
Growth rate - Fast
Bloom season - Summer
Leaf / Flower color - Light Green, autumn - light redish purple / --
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Clay, laom, Sand, well drained
Water requirements - Drought tolerant, average water
Landscape uses - Bedding Plant, Edging, Hedges
Sow on the surface inside from February to March or outside after the last frost..
Cover with clear plastic or glass and keep in bright and warm place (+20-23C)
Normally germinates in 1-5 days.
Remove the plastic immediately after the fragile seedlings appear. Keep in light and warm position.
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