(Collinsia heterophylla ‘Chinese Houses’)
Chinese Houses is a cool weather annual flower that is native to California but can be found growing in woodlands and grasslands, or on the slopes of foothills throughout Illinois and Kentucky. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 2' and features narrow pointed leaves and circular tiers of ½-¾” flowers with two white upper petals and two fuchsia lower petals. This plant can be grown in a container, attracts bees and butterflies, self sows, and is great as a cut flower!
Starting Chinese Houses Seeds
Variety: Chinese Houses
Also Known As: Purple Chinese Houses, Innocence
Native to: California, Mexico Southwest.
Introduced into: Illinois.
Grown as: Annual
Maturity (Blooms): Spring-Early Summer
Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Medium
Attracts Beneficial Insects?: Yes. Bees and Butterflies.
Containers?: Yes. Chinese Houses have bi-colored purple and white blooms that bees and butterflies adore.
Sow Depth: On soil surface
USDA Zone: 3a-9b
Produces: narrow pointed leaves and circular tiers of ½-¾” flowers with two white upper petals and two fuchsia lower petals.
Starting Chinese Houses Seed Outdoors for Spring
Starting Chinese Houses Seeds Outdoors in Fall
(Clarkia pulchella ‘Deerhorn’)
Deerhorn Clarkia is a native annual flower that can commonly be found growing in rocky forest and grasslands, or in disturbed soils throughout the northwest United States. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 18” and features a hairy erect stem that has 2-3” lance-shaped leaves alternating around it, and topped with clusters of four divided fuchsia flower petals and a prominent white pistil. This plant can be grown in a container, attracts bees and butterflies, is resistant to deer, self sows, and is great as a cut flower!