- USDA hardiness zones:
- Full sun to part shade
Annual. Easily grown in moist, average, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Appreciates some afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Start seed indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost date or purchase starter plants. Set out plants after last frost date. Space smaller varieties 8-12î apart and larger varieties to 18î apart. Seed may be harvested from garden plants for planting the following year or cuttings may be taken from favorite plants in late summer.
Size and growth:
- 2.0 to 4.0 feet
- 1.0 to 2.0 feet
Bloom / flowers:
- Flowers not showy
- Green to red
Insignificant flowers, Colored leaves, Annual, Green, and Red
Beds or borders. Interesting edging along walks or paths. Containers.
No serious insect or disease problems. Watch for aphids. Root rot may occur in poorly drained soils. Susceptible viruses, aster yellows and fungal leaf spot diseases. Plants grown in the ground may need staking or other support.