This old-fashioned favorite from Europe is a short-lived perennial that produces clusters of fragrant flowers in shades of white, pink, purple, red and violet. Suitable for beds & borders, cut flowers, and the fragrant garden. Flowers attract butterflies and are considered edible. It thrives in loamy, slightly alkaline soil with sun to partial shade.
Pollination occurs by insect, bird, wind, humans, or other natural mechanisms. Because there are no restrictions on the flow of pollen between individuals, open-pollinated plants are more genetically diverse. However, as long as pollen is not shared between different varieties within the same species, then the seed produced will remain true-to-type year after year.
This variety has a history of being passed down within a family or community, similar to the generational sharing of certain items like jewelry or furniture.
Annual plants are plants with a life cycle that lasts only one year. They grow from seed, bloom, produce seeds, and die in one growing season. They then need to be replanted each spring.
* This is an estimated guide. Conditions may vary considerably due to location.