Annuals, Perennials, Flowers
Two colorful species are seen in the West, one an annual weed and the other an attractive perennial. Newer hybrids are becoming popular.
This low-growing, weedy plant from Europe has bright green leaves and 1/2-in., brick red flowers. Has naturalized in California. A. a. caerulea has deepblue, larger flowers; it tolerates most soils and heat, thrives in dry gardens, and grows well in containers.
From Brazil, but naturalized at higher elevations throughoutHawaiian Islands. Known botanically as
Native to CoastRanges and Sierra Nevada foothills,mountains of SouthernCalifornia, Arizona, Baja Calif...
Drops some leaves at 0 to 10°F/°18 to °12°C. Dense, upright, fairly fast growth to...