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Growing Floss Flower

Category Annuals
These fluffy annuals are a nice addition to your summer garden. This is a guide about growing floss flower.


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February 10, 2006
Botanical Name: Ageratum houstonianum
Life Cycle: annual
Planting Time: spring
Height: dwarf types 6" to 8", full-sized up to 20"
Exposure: full sun
Soil: average to rich, well-drained soil
Bloom Time: spring to fall
Flower: pink, blue and white puffball-like flowers
Foliage: green
Propagation: seeds, self-sowing
Suggested Use: edges, beds, borders, cut flowers and containers
Growing Hints: Floss flowers can be somewhat difficult to start from seed, so buying seedlings is recommended. Plant in early spring after the danger of frost has passed. Space dwarf varieties from 4 to 6 inches apart and taller varieties from 10 to 20 inches apart. Soil should be kept moist (not wet) throughout growing season. Pinch seedlings back to encourage more vigorous growth later on.
Interesting Facts: In some regions, Floss flowers can become invasive from reseeding. To avoid this, keep spent flower heads trimmed.

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