Harvested from the gardens at Monticello.
Spider Flower, a self-seeding annual, was introduced to England in 1817. Also called Spider Legs and Grandfather's Whiskers, it was considered a choice flowering annual by Robert Buist in his 1839 edition of The American Flower Garden Directory. Its showy pink and white flowers, large multi-lobed leaves, and strong growth habit make it a handsome addition to the flower border in summer and fall. Attracts bees and butterflies; deer resistant.
Native Distribution: South America
Directly sow seeds outdoors into nutrient rich, well drained soil around the last frost date in spring. For increased germination, cold stratify seeds for 3 weeks prior to sowing. Approximately 75-85 seeds per packet.
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