Approximately 300 Seeds
Charming, dark crimson flowers, which look almost black on cloudy days, sit on top of upright, branching stems like little pom-poms. They are ideally suited to wildflower meadows or naturalised planting schemes. The flowers hold their colour really well and are loved by insects and bees.
SITE: full sun
FLOWERING MONTHS: May to July
SOW UNDERCOVER/PLANT INDOORS: February to March or September
SOW DIRECT/OUTDOORS: April or August to September
CARE TIPS: Deadhead to encourage further flowering. They will need staking.
In early autumn, sow on the surface of good seed compost and over-winter in a cold frame or greenhouse, thinning out and potting on as they grow. These can be planted out in Spring and produce early flowers. Alternatively, shallow-sow directly into a well-prepared seedbed in Spring, thinning out to 15cm. This plant will produce more flowers when grown in poor soils, so don’t over-fertilise. Pinching out the growing tips will encourage bushier growth.