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Chinese Houses (500 seeds) (WF130) $2.00

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(Collinsia heterophylla) Annual. One of the showiest of native California flowers! Spectacular flowers are bicolored in amethyst and white, produced in whorls on two-foot stems. Each tier of blooms is smaller than the one below, giving the flower spikes a fanciful resemblance to pagodas. Traditionally used in Native American herbal medicine.
 
Chinese Houses
Overall Rating:
         
3.5
 
 
Number of Reviews: 3
Easy to Grow 2.5
EarlyMaturity 2.5

66.7% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
GG
Location:
Central, MD, United States
Date:
May 22, 2017
          5.0
 
Early to bloom in the garden
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Lovely color & early bloomer

What are the cons? None

Review:

These pretty flowers have a similar appearance to snapdragons. Chinese Houses are like an extra early blooming Madeline salvia in our garden; long lasting flowers in a lovely shade of purple & white. Nearly all of these BCHS Collinsia heterophylla seeds germinated again from the same saved seed packet of 2015. A few C.H.seedlings were attacked last year indoors, as well as outside, but because so many seeds germinated it only took a few surviving seedlings to make a great display. Hardy outdoor annual once seedlings are established size.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
cherrypi007
Location:
Madison, WI, United States
Date:
March 3, 2017
          5.0
 
Herbal Delight
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 2.5
 

What are the pros? Beautiful

What are the cons? Not much

Review:

This plant prefers shade and slight acidity :) It hates being transplanted. If you need to start them indoors, I did peat pots and coco soil media to keep the roots intact and avoid separating roots from original media. Water down the pot really well to soften it before transplanting. I find that a lot of native plants need a lot of "babying" since they outside their niche. I hope this helps the disappointed folks out. Mine turned out really well.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

9 out of 17 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Sunnygal
Location:
Sunnyvale, CA, United States
Date:
August 5, 2015
          1.0
 
Died before growing up
Easy to Grow 0.5
EarlyMaturity 0.5
 

What are the pros? None so far

What are the cons? Slow to no growth

Review:

I seeded these in May. It didn't take long to germinate (first one came up in 4 days) but after that the seedlings grew maybe two sets of leaves beyond the seed leaves for 2 months. Initially they were kept on a heating mat under a grow light indoor along with my other summer vegetable seedlings. After all other seedlings grew up and got transplanted, I moved these to my balcony and kept them in a mostly shaded area since they were still very tender. Finally the leaves turned yellow due to either lack of water or attention (hard to say) and died. I am very disappointed. A friend of mine purchased some Chinese Houses seeds from a different seed company. He just seeded them in the ground directly and none came up. I seem to have gotten a little further along on these by babying them a little better. I am not sure what I did wrong.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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