A robust, fast growing annual, native to Europe, but has naturalized throughout the southeastern United States. Freely branching, it becomes covered with numerous, ice-white, pink or rose colored blooms measuring up to 4 inches across. Does not seem to be temperamental about soil conditions and can thrive in full sun or partial shade. Requires ample moisture. Sow in early spring, seedlings are not winter hardy.
Mass plantings, borders along walls and fences. Often mistaken for Hibiscus. An extensive root system makes transplanting difficult.
Barely cover a couple seeds in a 3" pot, or plant outside after all danger of frost. Seeds germinate in 7-12 days at 60-70F/15-21C. After hardening off, transplant to full sun and average soil, planting at least a foot apart; rich soil will mean many leaves and few flowers with this plant. Flowers can be pink, rose, or white, are satiny and often striped and bloom July till fall. Deadhead for more blooms. The neat little Fairy cheese (fruit) will contain 12 seeds for planting next year in a different spot.