Native to South America. Upright, open habit, 2–3 ft. tall and 1 ft. wide. Stems and narrowly oblong; 4-in.-long leaves are sticky. Flowers are 2–2 1/2 in. wide, resemble petunias in shape, but offer more unusual colors—mahogany red, reddish orange, yellow, purple, and pink shades, marbled and penciled with contrasting colors. Plants bloom most heavily in late spring and early summer, but in cool-summer climates they’ll carry on until frost if regularly deadheaded. Good background plant for border; handsome cut flower. Bolero (to 2 ft. tall) and Royale (12–16 in.) are compact strains.
Seeds are rather difficult to start, especially when sown directly in the garden. A better way to start them is to plant in potting mix in peat pots, several seeds to a pot, in late winter or early spring. Keep pots in a warm, protected location; thin seedlings to one per pot. When young plants are well established and frost danger is past, plant outdoors. Performs best in rich soil. Stake tall types. Tip-pinch growing plants to induce branching.
Low foliage mounds about a foot wide. Flower stems, 1–2 ft. topped with white blossoms in summer...
Native to Europe and Asia, this salad vegetable is grown for its thick, crunchy stalks.
These remain mild even after they ripen and change color. The group includes the big stuffing and sala...