Collinsia Seeds - Chinese Houses
- Seed Count: 200 Seeds
- Maturity: 60-70 Days from Planting/Transplanting
- Type: Annual Flower
- Origin: Native to California
- Appearance: Layered, pagoda-like blossoms
- Attracts Pollinators: Especially butterflies
- Planting Conditions: Prefers partial shade to full sun
- Soil Requirement: Well-drained soil
History: Chinese Houses, scientifically known as Collinsia, is a captivating wildflower native to the state of California. The flower gets its name from its distinctive layered blossoms that resemble the appearance of a traditional Chinese pagoda. This wildflower has been a part of the natural Californian landscape for a long time, gaining popularity for its unique structure and ability to enhance garden aesthetics.
Uses: The primary use of Chinese Houses extends beyond its ornamental appeal. This wildflower is particularly effective at attracting butterflies, making it a valuable plant for gardeners who aim to support and encourage local ecosystems and pollinator activity. Its presence in a garden not only adds beauty but also contributes to the ecological health of the area.
Growing Habits & Planting Instructions: To cultivate Chinese Houses, sow the seeds directly into the ground after the danger of frost has passed. The seeds should be lightly covered with soil. These flowers thrive best in conditions that offer partial shade to full sun, making them versatile for various garden settings. They prefer well-drained soil and require regular watering, particularly during periods of dry weather. With proper care and suitable growing conditions, Chinese Houses will bloom beautifully, displaying their unique pagoda-like blossoms within 60-70 days of planting.