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Lavandula stoechas

Common name: Spanish lavender

Trademark: Bandera Purple

Introduced by: Kieft Seed, West Chicago, Illinois

  • Zones 7 to 10
  • First professional-quality seed L. stoechas comparable to vegetative quality; compact, bushy, “no-pinch” lavender with great flower power in just 11 to 14 weeks from transplant; a great nursery impulse item; first-year flowering
  • Mounded habit; 7 to 9” tall by 10 to 12” wide
  • Avoid high humidity; keep media medium moist to help flowering
  • Never use overhead watering as it could cause Botrytis easily
  • Liners; plugs and seed

Lobelia × speciosa

Common name: Cardinal flower

Trademark: Starship Deep Rose

Introduced by: Kieft Seed, West Chicago, Illinois

  • Zones 6 to 10
  • Summer-flowering perennial attracts hummingbirds; showy, mid-height plants are covered with masses of flowers; ideal for containers or the center of the border; low maintenance with striking color
  • Columnar habit; 20 to 24” tall by 6 to 8” wide
  • Avoid growing plants below 40 degrees F; keep light as high as possible; keep media medium moist
  • None indicated
  • Liners; plugs and seed

Verbena rigida

Common name: Verbena

Trademark: Santos Purple

Introduced by: Kieft Seed, West Chicago, Illinois

  • Zones 7 to 11
  • Compact and upright plants with single flowers that are deep purple to magenta; blooms late spring through summer; one of the best tough and long-lasting landscape perennials available; heat and drought tolerant
  • Spreading; 12” tall by 48” wide
  • Long days are beneficial; grow dry with high fertilization; avoid high nitrogen
  • High powdery mildew resistance
  • Plugs and seed

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