A European annual grown mainly as a foliage plant
for summer bedding effects.
The narrow linear leaves may be two inches long
and the whole plant is reminiscent of a neat and
compact conifer of dense pyramidal or columnar
habit of two to three feet.
The feathery foliage is an attractive bright yellow-green
in the type, but on Kochia s. var. trichophylla it
changes to an effective purplish red in autumn.
The latter is the form most usually seen in gardens.
The flowers are formed in little clusters to the
axils of the leaves and have no decorative value.
The seed should be sown under glass in March or
April, and the seedlings continued in pots and
planted out-of-doors in late May or early June.
Propagation is from seed.
The effect of the foliage is at its full development
from July to September.