One of the most attractive of annuals, not commonly
grown and a native of Turkestan.
The plant grows one and a half to two feet and
is related to the Prophet Flower Arnebia (syn.
The leaves are lance-shaped and hairy; the flowers
are tubular and five-lobed, three-quarters of
an inch across, and of a bright yellow colour
marked with five black spots which change to maroon
and disappear as the flower ages.
This plant deserves a special position of southern
exposure and full sun, and a soil that is moderately
rich and well drained.
The seeds are best sown under glass in March,
and the seedlings pricked off into small pots
and planted out where they are to flower in early
June, when all risk of frost has passed.
Propagation is from seed.
The flowering season is from midsummer onwards.