Nolana - Chilean Bellflower
DESCRIPTION: These annuals are found wild in Chile and Peru. They form low, spreading clumps, 6 to 12 inches in height. Their leaves are ovate, up to 2 inches long. Their 5-lobed, bell shaped flowers are light or dark blue with a white throat; they grow up to 2 inches across. These plants are well suited for cultivation near the sea, since in their native environment they are found in maritime districts.
POTTING: Nolanas like light, well-drained soil. If the soil needs fertilizer, a bit of well-decayed manure should be mixed into the soil in the spring. They need a sunny, open spot.
PROPAGATION: Seeds may be started inside at a 72-degree temperature, 6 to 8 weeks before it's safe to plant outside. They need light constantly to sprout. They may also be sown outside where they are to grow and bloom when the soil is warm. When the seedlings are an inch tall, they should be thinned to 6 inches apart.
VARIETIES: N. prostrata; N. tenella; N. atriplicifolia.
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