Botanical Name: Sixalix atropurpurea
Native: Africa, Asia, Europe
Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 10 and warmer, although usually grown as an annual.
Plant Dimensions: 18"–24" tall, 18" wide
Variety Information: Very dark burgundy flowers reveal contrasting white stigmas as flowers mature, resembling pincushions.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Bloom Period: Summer to frost
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant
When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 60°–70°F.
Days to Emerge: 10–15 days
Seed Depth: ⅛"
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 12"
Thinning: When 1" tall, thin to 1 every 12"
Harvesting: For longest vase life, harvest flowers in the morning, choosing blooms that have just begun to show good color but are not yet open.