Height: 30-60cm (12-24in)
Planting distance: 38cm (15in)
Features:summer to autumn
Soil: rich, well-drained
These compact bushy plants, originally natives of Peru, reach 30-60cm (12-24in) high, with glossy dark green ovaland red . The brilliant with their yellow centres last from mid summer till mid autumn, adding colour to formal beds, informal borders and containers.
Popular species and varieties:
Alonsoa linearis has masses of very large orange flowers and grows 45cm (18in) high.
Alonsoa warscewiczii ‘Compacta’ has scarlet blooms and reaches 45-60cm (l8-24in) high.
‘Scarlet Bedder’ is an, orange-scarlet variety, with flowers freely produced on pyramidal plants, 30-45cm (12-18in) high.
Sowin covered trays in late winter and early spring, keeping them at 15°C (59°F). Prick out, and harden off in a cold frame before planting out in late spring. Set the plants 15-23cm (6-9in) apart in rich, well-drained soil in a sunny . When the plants are 5-8cm (2-3in) high pinch out the growing tips to encourage bushy growth.
Pests and diseases:may infest the stems and leaves.