(Salpiglossis sinuata) Salpiglossis, also known as painted tongue, is a South American annual that adores cool weather and fills the garden with its vibrant colors from spring until midsummer. They'll often produce a late-season burst of color when temperatures drop in autumn. It is a great choice for cut flower arrangements that also grows very well in containers. Plant salpiglossis seeds indoors in late winter, 6 to 8 weeks before last frost, or direct sow at time of last frost. Surface sow, gently firming soil over the tiny seeds. Seeds germinate in 7-21 days. Peat pots work well and prevent damage to the roots when the seedlings are transplanted outdoors after frost. Cover the pots with black plastic to provide darkness until the seeds germinate. Plant in full sun/filtered shade. Salpiglossis thrives in late spring or cool-summer conditions. Space plants 9-12 inches apart. Deadhead regularly.
These bewitching blooms run from burgundy to deep obsidian with a stark golden eye in the center. The effect is a gothic bloom with depth and personality. Perfect to play off of stark white or to incorporate into an all-black flower garden. The sturdy stems make this an excellent cut flower to add drama to arrangements. This half-hardy annual is 19 inches tall and 11 inches wide.