Description: Tender perennial grown as a garden annual Clusters of delicate, fragrant purple or white flowers in late spring through summer; blooms throughout the year if grown as a potted plant; remove dead flowers and groom regularly
Habit: Grows 12 to 14 inches high and 18 to 24 inches wide and can be trained as topiary
Culture: Prefers light, well drained, rich potting soil or garden loam and full sun to light shade
Hardiness: USDA Zones 9 through 10, if grown as a perennial
Attributes: Fragrant flowers, houseplant
This tender perennial flower was first discovered in Peru and brought to France sometime between 1735 and 1757 where it was a novelty much appreciated for its pleasant, vanilla-like fragrance. In 1786, while living in Paris, Jefferson sent seed of this species to Francis Eppes in America, commenting that it was a delicious flower ... the smell rewards the care. It was likely not widely cultivated in America before 1800.
Arrives in a 6 pot.