Love-in-a-Mist Delft Blue
Love-in-a-Mist 'Delft Blue'
This unique variety is one of the most beautiful love-in-a-mists that we grow. Tall plants have ferny foliage and are covered in the most beautiful star-shaped flowers with striking chocolaty purple centers. The icy gray flowers have cobalt veining and the palest green dusting on the petal tips. Each bloom has varying degrees of saturation, making them look as if they’ve been hand painted. Once petals fade, they leave behind dramatic, crown-shaped seedpods that resemble a court jester’s hat.
Plant type: hardy annual
Height: 24-36 in
Site: full sun
Days to maturity: 65-85 days
Plant spacing: 9 in
Pinch: not necessary
Approx seeds per packet: 75
How to Grow:
Plants dislike being transplanted and do best when direct-seeded into the garden in the fall or early spring. Seed can be tricky to start indoors, so pop seeds into the freezer for 10 to 14 days before sowing to speed up germination.
Harvest flowers when they are three-quarters open, or harvest pods when formed. Fresh flowers have a vase life of 7 days; dried pods last indefinitely. Dry by hanging upside down in a warm, dark place for 2 to 3 weeks.
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