- Variety Info
- Sowing Info
- Growing Info
Family: Fabaceae (formerly Leguminosae), Pea, Bean, or Legume family, includes beans, peas, soybeans, peanuts, and lupines.
Native: South and Central America
Hardiness: Perennial in the topics, and as a houseplant; otherwise grown as an annual
Exposure: Full sun to part shade. Indoors, place in a bright, sunny location, like an east-facing window.
Bloom Period: Blooms in summer
Plant Dimensions: 12''–20” tall
Variety Info: 1" lilac-pink, globe-shaped flowers that appear in summer. The plant has fern-like leaves with reddish-brown prickly stems, and bristled seed pods.
Attributes: Great as a houseplant.
When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks after last frost.
When to Start Inside: 8 to 10 weeks before average last frost. Sow in biodegradable pots to avoid root disturbance when transplanting.
Days to Emerge: 7 – 21 days
Seed Depth: 1/4"
Seed Spacing: A group of 6 seeds every 18"
Thinning: When 1"–2" tall, thin to 1 every 18"
Special Care: Sensitive plant should be grown in containers to avoid naturalization, as it can adversely affect crops, livestock, and native vegetation in tropical regions.