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A handsome, decorative plant with tall stems containing "steps" or whorls of bright orange flowers. Ideal for the back of borders, or as a talking point planted in large containers on the patio or conservatory.

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Sun or semi shade

Up to 150cm (60in)

Up to (1in)

Easy for all

Easy for all

In a warm sheltered spot they may overwinter successfully outdoors if protected from hard frosts with bracken etc. For container plants water freely from June to late August and sparingly through the winter when they will need a minimum temperature of 5-7C (40-45F). Cut back to within 15cm (6in) of the ground in late February.

Sow from mid February to March on the surface of a good seed compost just covering the seed with a thin layer of compost or vermiculite. Germination takes 14-21 days at 18-20C (65-70F). Sealing in a polythene bag after sowing is helpful. Lower the temperature after germination. The seedlings are naturally tall and look a little like nettle seedlings at first.

When large enough to handle, transplant the seedlings to boxes or 7.5cm (3in) pots. When well grown gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions and plant out in late spring 1-1.25m (3-4ft) apart in full sun and well drained soil.


Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £1.95.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £4.95.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £6.90 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

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