I continue to require eye-candy this winter, and here’s a dose for today. Salpiglossis ‘Stained Glass’ (Salpiglossis sinuata) is a beautiful annual flower from Chile that derives its name from the hand-painted quality of its blooms. I first grew it from seed a few years back and have been considering it for this year’s garden.
Growing the seed took no special effort, I simply started them indoors early, around the same time that I sowed my tomatoes, and transferred the transplants outdoors around the same time.
It self-sowed again the following season, but those plants did not have the chance to develop properly into maturity. Consequently, the flowers were anemic and not-quite-right so it’s one of those annuals that you really need to plan ahead for rather than relying on its self-propagating nature if you want to see lots and lots of full blooms all summer long.
See also, Chocolate Royale Salpiglossis.
If you’re looking to buy a pack, my original seed came from Renee’s. The pack they sell is mixed, so you can’t be guaranteed to get this particular colour. However, I found that all of the seed I sowed resulted in the same lavender/blue/purple hue.