Royal Elektra (Silene)

Latin Name: S. armeria

Item #: 1259

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(16 in/40 cm) Plants have huge carmine pink flower heads similar in shape to heliotrope. Pkt. contains 130 seeds.
(16 in/40 cm)  A beautiful hardy annual upright cut flower from the Ukraine. Plants have huge carmine pink flower heads similar in shape to heliotrope. Pkt. contains 130 seeds.

SILENE (Catchfly)

Annual Approx. 258,000 seeds per oz/28 g

CULTURE: Germinate at 60-65°F/16-18°C for 10 days. Allow 3-4 weeks before transplanting. Transplant 2 weeks before last frost in your specific area. Space young plants 8-10 in/20-25 cm apart. Sow seed directly outdoors in groups before last spring frost e.g. when iris are in bloom. Blooms from June through August in most areas. This is a beautiful hardy annual, upright cut flower originating from the Ukraine. Plant has moderate frost tolerance. It is considered an easy to grow plant and prefers a location in sun or partial shade. Slightly acidic soil is required for healthy growth. Its versatility makes it suitable for rock gardens, borders, meadows, planters and pots. Ideal as a background for spring flowering bulbs. Water only when dry and do not over-fertilize. When feeding other annuals, skip a feeding for silene, this should produce optimum results. Silene will bloom up to 6 weeks following the above recommendations. Also called catchfly because the leaves of some species have a "sticky" substance that has the ability to trap tiny flies. Silene, from the Greek salion or saliva, refers to this secretion on the leaves and stems.

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