The Dirty Gardener Chinese Houses or Innocence Flowers
Chinese Houses Collinsia heterophylla (syn. C. bicolor) is a flowering plant native to California and Baja California. It is known as Purple Chinese Houses or Innocence. Like the other species in the genus Collinsia, which also includes the Blue-eyed MaryÕs, it gets its name from its towers of inflorescences, of decreasing diameter, which give the plants in full flower a certain resemblance to a pagoda. Purple Chinese Houses is an annual plant growing in shady places, and can be found in most of California, other than desert regions, below about 1,000 meters (3,300 ft). It blooms from mid spring to early summer. The plant is 10-50 centimeters (4-20 in) tall. Common Name: Chinese Houses. Botanical Name: Collinsia heterophylla. Cycle: Annual. Bloom Time: Spring. Color: Purple and White. Height: 12-24 inches tall. Germination Time: 10-30 Days. Zones 3- 10. Soil: Wide range. Sun Requirement: Mostly Sunny. Suggested Uses: Showy Flowers. Is It Storable? Yes - You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
- Add some unique flair to gardens with these rich purple pagoda shaped flowers
- Native to California but can grow well in most North American areas
- Attracts butterflies and bees
- Easy to grow from seed and thrives in both sun and shade