Upright bushy plants become smothered in exotic looking blooms that glisten with an eye-catching metallic sheen, accentuated by a strongly contrasting, chocolate colored central disk.
A seldom-seen annual or short-lived perennial, this easy-to-grow plant performs as the perfect filler in beds and containers. It forms a well-branched compact mound of deeply lobed, dark green leaves, which provide an interesting textural backdrop to its charming, hibiscus-type flowers.
While each flower lasts only a single day, the plant blooms profusely all season and produces inflated seedpods. The flowers will not normally open on a cloudy day, but this is a small price to pay for such a gem of a plant.
Easily grown in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Performs well in average garden soils.
It is best to start seed indoors about 8-10 weeks before the last spring frost date. Seeds may be planted directly in the garden at last frost date, but will take up to three months before first flowering occurs.
Information sources: www.missouribotanicalgarden.org, www.finegardening.com.
Approximately 100-140 seeds in 1g packet.
Genus - Hibiscus
Species - Trionum
Common name - Venice mallow
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 10
Height - 0,50 - 0,60 m
Spread - 0,40 m
Plant type - Annual flower
Exposure - Full sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil type - Organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained, average garden soils
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - Beds, borders, cottage gardens. Containers
Bloom season - July - September
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Creamy - Yellow
1. Sow from March to April in trays of moist compost indoors.
2. Sow thinly and cover with a fine layer of compost. Cover with glass, polythene or propagator lid.
3. Keep at +15-+20C. Seedlings appear in 20-30 days.
4. Remove cover when seedlings appear. Grow in small groups in separate pots at +13-+15C.
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