Flowers lilac and white, or pure white, July and
A pretty annual for patches in the mixed border
with dark-green leaves and pea-shaped flowers.
There are several sorts in the catalogues, the
best being Collinsia bicolour, lilac or light purple
and white,; and bicolour candidissima, fine white.
Sow with the early annuals about the last week
in March and thin out in good time. It should
require no further care save the removal of weeds,
and does not need sticks and string.
Attractive hardy annuals mostly native to western
Collinsia bartsiaefolia is the Seaside Collinsia, and
attains a height of one foot; the flowers are
bell-shaped and white marked with lilac or purple.
There are other forms with blue, violet and pink
Collinsia bicolor reaches one foot with flowers of which
the upper part is white and the lower rose-purple
Var. candidissima has pure white flowers, var.
multicolor variegated flowers, and var. purpurea
Collinsia grandiflora, known as Blue Lips, has flowers
with the upper part purplish-white and the lower
deep blue or violet.
Collinsia verna is Blue Eyed Mary, with flowers, the
upper part white to purple and the lower bright
The seed of Collinsia verna is best sown in August, being
given the protection of a frame until May, when
they may be planted out-of-doors. The other species
may be sown in late March where they are to flower,
and thinned to four inches apart.
Propagation is from seed.
The season of flowering is from midsummer onwards.