Salpiglossis, also called painted tongue, has velvety flowers with metallic coloration and veination that has to be seen to be believed! A gardener in the early 1900s described them as having "bewildering combinations". Flowers beckon admirers to take a closer look, and are irresistible to butterflies. Performs best in cool weather. Excellent cut flowers.
• Botanical Name: Salpiglossis sinuata
• Family: Solanaceae
• Native: Chile
• Hardiness: Annual
• Plant Dimensions: 24"–36" tall
• Variety Information: 2"–2 ½" flowers in colors of red, scarlet, blue, yellow, white, and chocolate with contrasting veins.
• Exposure: Full sun
• Bloom Period: Summer
• Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower
• When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks before your average last frost date. Mild Climates: Sow in late summer or fall for cool–season blooms.
• When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 8 to 10 weeks before your average last frost date.
• Days to Emerge: 12–30 days
• Seed Depth: Press into surface
• Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 12"
• Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 12"