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This compact, bushy 18 inch plant, carries deep green veined leaves with a purplish cast, and very large clusters of vanilla scented, deep violet flowers. Prefers to be grown in part shade in warm climates. Perennial in zones 8 and above, it is a summer annual everywhere else - and it can be brought indoors and enjoyed as a winter houseplant.
Sow seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil but do not cover. Needs light to germinate. Kept at 75°F., germination is in 14-21 days. Transplant into the garden 12 inches apart after all danger of frost. Do not direct sow.