Chinese Houses

Quick Facts:

    • Annual
    • Nice in rockeries or edging
    • Charming and low growing
    • Grows to 30-60cm (24-24")
    • May self sow

Chinese Houses

Description:

Collinsia heterophylla. Pagoda shaped inflorescences of purple and white flowers top compact, easy-going, charming plants. Chinese Houses Collinsia are also (quite sweetly) known as Blue-Eyed Marys. They are native to western North America, and thrive in cool weather, flowering in late spring to early summer. Once the high heat of summer arrives, they reduce blooming considerably. This plant works well in containers, but provide afternoon shade. It is tolerant of dry soil, and can be used in xeriscaping schemes. Deadhead frequently.

Annual

Size: SKU: Price: Availability: Quantity: Total:
1g (approx. 863 seeds) FL2416A $3.29 In stock $0.00
5g (approx. 4315 seeds) FL2416B $4.99 Unavailable  
25g (approx. 21575 seeds) FL2416C $9.99 Unavailable  
100g (approx. 86300 seeds) FL2416D $22.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
500g (approx. 431500 seeds) FL2416E $91.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
$0.00

Quick Facts:

    • Annual
    • Nice in rockeries or edging
    • Charming and low growing
    • Grows to 30-60cm (24-24")
    • May self sow

How To Grow

Collinsia is a wonderfully easy annual to grow from seed. Like Alyssum and a handful of others, it's pretty much a matter of simply placing the seeds where the flowers are to grow and add some water. The only challenge with Collinsia seeds is that the plants tend to fade in very hot summer weather. Continue reading below for tips on how to grow Collinsia from seed.

Latin
Collinsia heterophylla
Family: Plantaginaceae

Difficulty
Easy

Season & Zone
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Timing
Direct sow in early spring when the soil is cool and when a light frost is still possible. Sow at three week intervals for a longer continuous bloom time.

Starting
Sow seeds 5mm (1/4”) deep. The optimal soil temperature for germination is 18-21°C (65-70°F). Seeds should germinate in 14 to 21 days.

Growing
Space plants 15-30cm (6-12") apart in full sun in mild areas, or in partial shade where summers are hot. Collinsia prefers rich, moist, well drained soil with a pH range of 5.0-8.0. The plants may self-sow. Deadhead often to extend the bloom time.