Two colorful species are seen in the West, one an annual weed and the other an attractive perennial. Newer hybrids are becoming popular.
Annual. 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 deep blue, larger flowers; it tolerates most soils and heat, thrives in dry gardens, and grows well in containers.
Native from Maine to Minnesota, south to Florida, Arizona, and Mexico. Light green leaves form a compa...
Summer annuals. ‘Cinnamon’ has medium pink blooms; those of ‘Spice’ are light ...
This California native is rather uncommon in nature. It blooms from spring to early summer, with 1-in....