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Growing: Browallia (Amethyst Flower/Star Flower/Bush Violet)

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This pretty white, dark blue, or purple annual is used in beds, borders, as cut flowers, in pots, hanging baskets, or as short-lived house plants. This is a guide about growing: browallia (amethyst flower/star flower/bush violet).


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February 15, 2006
Botanical Name: Browallia speciosa
Life Cycle: annual
Planting Time: spring after danger of last frost has passed
Height: 12" to 18"
Exposure: full sun
Soil: rich, well-drained soil, keep moist (not wet) by mulching with organic material.
Bloom Time: all summer
Flower: blue-violet to purple
Foliage: green
Propagation: seeds
Suggested Use: beds, borders, cut flowers, pots, hanging baskets, short-lived house plants
Growing Hints: Plant 8 to 10 inches apart. Fertilize once every 4 to 6 weeks and pinch off spent blooms to direct growth to roots. Whiteflies are a common pest that can be treated with insecticidal soap. Pull plants after first frost. May not flower in zones with cool, short summers.
Interesting Facts: Browallia make a good short-term houseplant. At summer's end, transfer a few plants into pots and bring indoor for several more weeks of enjoyment.
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