For most of us theis a pot plant – large, long-stemmed with swept-back petals rising above heart-shaped decorative . If this flower form appeals to you there are miniature hardy versions with 1 in. flowers to grow outdoors. You can choose your own flowering time – there are winter, spring, summer and autumn varieties.
VARIETIES: Choose from C. coum (red, pink or white flowers in December-March; green leaves), C. repandum (fragrant red, pink or white flowers in April; marbled leaves), C. europaeum (fragrant red flowers in July-September; silver-zoned leaves – the hardiest of all the species) or C. neapolitanum (red, pink or white flowers in August-November; marbled leaves).
SITE AND SOIL: Well-drained, humus-rich soil in partial shade is required.
PLANT DETAILS: Planting time July-September. Planting depth 2 in.
Spacing: 6 in. Height 3-6 in.
Flowering period: see above.
PROPAGATION: Sowunder glass in summer – plants cannot be divided.