H. A. Of South African origin, these free-flowering annuals must be raised in heat in the usual way. They prefer a sunny position away from cold winds and fairly rich soil is desirable for best results. Plant 6 in. apart for full effect in broad borders or large patches. The short, trumpet-shaped flowers are in a bewildering variety of shades and colours and go on for many weeks; indeed by successional sowings in warmth, flowering can be sustained in the greenhouse practically all the year. For spring outside bedding, sow in February, transplant early in May; for summer bedding, sow end of March; sow in July or August for winter greenhouse display, and for spring in the greenhouse sow mid-September. Most strains grow to about 1 ft.

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