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Collinsia heterophylla (photo courtesy of Annie’s Annuals & Perennials)
Collinsia heterophylla (photo courtesy of Annie’s Annuals & Perennials)

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Collinsia heterophylla

Chinese Houses
Scrophulariaceae
Annuals

This California native is rather uncommon in nature. It blooms from spring to early summer, with 1-in.-long blossoms that resemble snapdragons (Antirrhinum). Flowers are held in tiers at top of 1–2-ft.-tall, somewhat hairy stems. The upper lip of the flower is white, the lower one rose or violet. The plant produces oblong leaves to 2 in. long. Gives a light, dainty effect in front of borders, scattered under deciduous trees, or as bulb cover.

Sow seeds in place in fall or early spring in rich, moist soil. Can also be sown in late spring for early fall bloom. Self-sows under favorable conditions.

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