Most likely, another charming short-lived perennial. I've started this species from two batches of seed, from trades several years apart. The photos at bottom were taken of different plants from the first seed batch. Not pure-bred, it appears, and not as deeply colored as I expected. Plants from the second batch, illustrated in the photo above, are closer to the mark.
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list
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- Seed from '05 trade. Baggy 65F (26%G, 14-29d). Seeds became covered in black mold within a few days, but this didn't seem to matter.
- Same seed as above. Tried baggy 65F (no G, 5w) and baggy 35F (8w) - 70F (no G, 19d)
- Seed from '10 trade. Baggy 70F (5w) - 35F (5w) - 70F (5w; no G)
- Same seed as above, cold-stored through summer. Baggy 35F (35%G, 10-16w) - 70F (29%G, 9d)
A long period of cold appears to be the ticket to get these to germinate.
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June 09, 2015