A hardy annual, native to northern Africa and southern Europe, it has naturalized throughout the United States. Once established this variety can tolerate immense heat and extremely dry conditions. The glossy, deep scarlet flowers bloom in profusion and are best admired if planted in density. Prefers full sun in well-drained soils. Best if sown in early spring after the danger of frost has passed, seedlings are not winter hardy. Guaranteed to draw some attention. Average planting success with this species: 70% Height: 1-2 feet Germination: 20-25 days Optimum soil temperature for germination: 65F-70F Sowing depth: 1/16″ Blooming period: April-September Plants require very little care once established. Does not transplant well. Approx 20-30 seed.