A mass of vivid pink blooms cover these very robust shrub-like plants. Blooms freely from July to frost. Good cut-flower. Ht 60 cm (2 ft). Origin: Mediterranean.
Plant seed outdoors as early in the spring as the ground can be worked. Just cover seed lightly and space 45 cm (18 in) apart. For earlier bloom start indoors 4 weeks before date of transplanting out in the garden. Start seed in 8 cm (3 in) jiffy pots or strips. Just cover the seed and keep the soil temperature at 22 C (72 F), it will germinate in 7 to 10 days. When plants are 10 cm (4 in) grow on in cooler conditions, 15 C (60 F). Transplant carefully as the roots do not like to be disturbed. Fertilize every 2 weeks with 10-52-17 and liquid seaweed for strong healthy plants. Garden spacing 60 cm (24 in) apart.