A beautiful rare plant from Western China, whose large trumpet gloxinia-like flowers will brighten a dull corner in your garden.
This plant is rarely available. It is a spectacular plant which is native to China. It is hardy and long lived. Its carmine purple trumpet shaped flowers are borne on strong stems in the spring and early summer. It likes cool to temperate climates and although it flourishes in moisture retentive soil , it does not like the soil being waterlogged.
Seeds can be sown at any time but are best sown in winter or early spring to benefit from a cold spell in the wet compost to break their dormancy. It is best to cover seeds very thinly with sand or fine grit to about the depth of the seed size. If the seeds do not come up within 6 to 12 weeks the damp seed tray can be given cold treatment in a fridge for about four weeks. They may still take very many months to appear, so please never discard the pot or tray.
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