The unique, unusual growth habit and the rosy color of this Asian wildflower adds a welcome contrast in the landscape. It makes a long-lasting cut flower that has been loved in European markets for years, and is now occasionally found at local farmer's markets; but now you can enjoy it, too! Its sweet nectar lures in the butterflies.
Botanical Name: Psylliostachys suworowii
Native: Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan
Plant Dimensions: 12″–18″ tall
Variety Information: Upright panicles (spikes) of rose-colored, tiny flowers have one main spike and a few additional spikes with a total height of up to 18″. Flower spikes may be smaller in the heat of summer.
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Period: Summer to early fall
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Good for Containers
When to Sow Outside: 2 to 4 weeks after your average last frost date, when soil temperature is above 65°F.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 8 to 10 weeks before your average last frost date. Sow in biodegradable pots; roots sensitive to disturbance. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 65°–75°F.
Days to Emerge: 7–14 Days
Seed Depth: Surface to 1/8″
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 8″–12″
Thinning: When 2″ tall, thin to 1 every 8″–12″
Harvesting: For longest vase life, cut in the morning once flowers have fully colored. To dry flowers, hang upside down out of direct sunlight for about 3 weeks until stems are dry and crisp enough to snap. Dried flowers are fragile, so handle gently.