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A very useful collection of tropical annuals that bring a tropical dimension to your summer planting. There are many useful tropical effect plants that can be grown from seed, most of the ones included here are annuals but some are perennials best grown as annuals in our climate.

Pennisetum glaucum Jester
'Jester' Ornamental Millet n£
10 seeds £3.73   JS2710

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The young leaves are green but as the leaves mature they become more burgundy red in colour. Plants grow to about 1 metre tall and show a definite multi-colour appearance as the leaves mature. Produces flower spikes at the end of the season if sown early.

Pennisetum glaucum Purple Baron
'Purple Baron' Ornamental Millet n£
10 seeds £3.73   JS1654

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This millet boasts purple foliage that is slightly darker than that of 'Purple Majesty'. The plant's large, thick flower spikes and solid basal branching give the plant a strong, sturdy appearance and add a balanced look to mixed containers. As with 'Purple Majesty,' young 'Purple Baron' plants are green. The stem and mid-rib of the foliage turns purple after about eight leaves have developed, and the foliage will turn dark purple when the plants are moved from the greenhouse outside to full sun. 'Purple Baron' performs well in borders, mass plantings, and mixed containers, and makes a great addition for spring to autumn displays.

Pennisetum glaucum Purple Majesty
'Purple Majesty' Ornamental Millet  n£
10 seeds  £3.73   JS851

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All American selections gold medal award winner- 'Purple Majesty' Ornamental Millet is a superb annual for a hot sunny position. "Tall, dark and handsome" describes this purple-leaved millet. Young plants are green-leaved, but as they mature exposure to direct sunlight stimulates development of purple leaf color. Mature leaves are long and slender, with a red midrib. Capable of growing 3 to 5 feet tall, the plants are embellished with 8- to 12-inch flower spikes. The immature spikes can be cut and used in floral arrangements, or left on the plant to attract birds that feed on the seeds. 'Purple Majesty' is very easy to grow and is very tolerant of heat and low moisture but you should choose a well-drained, sunny site. The plant is tropical in origin and likes warmth. The sunny location is important because sunlight strengthens the purple colour, which appears after a three-week juvenile phase. Although it can tolerate drought and poor soils, Purple Majesty responds strongly to early fertilizer applications and light watering. Picture shows Purple Majesty planted with Arundo donax variegata.

Pentapetes phoenicea
Old World Tropic "Noon Flower" n£
10 seeds £2.45   JS2986

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A rare old-world tropics annual that used to be a weed of rice paddy fields. Long blooming, the bright scarlet mallow flowers are held close to the stem, opening at noon, closing by dawn and appear all Summer long. Makes a tall 4ft multi branching shrub with a strong, upright central stem, it bears interesting & attractive long narrow foliage. Do not plant out until warmer weather as it is not only frost sensitive but chill sensitive.

Persicaria orientalis

New for 2017!
'Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate’
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Aprx 30 seeds £1.95   JS3793

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Persicaria orientalis is an unusual giant annual and a relative of our native bistort. It has thick stems, similar to those of bamboo, that usually grow to 2m – 2.5m tall and sometimes taller in wet weather. From September onwards the curving fishing rod stems are spectacularly draped in long pink tassels. An excellent plant for back of the border if given full sun and it appreciates a well drained dryish soil. Rarely seen and needs to be grown more often. Perfect to enhance that "Exotic" look in your garden?

Petunia F1 Bedding Daddy Mixed
Bedding Petunia n£
Aprx 1000 seeds £1.95   JS2666

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Probably the best veined series grandiflora type with large 10cm blooms in pink, mauves and blues. Well branched habit and free flowering. One of the all time best selling seed raised petunias for a great bedding display.

Petunia F1 Ultra Series
Bedding series  n£

Aprx 50 seeds  £1.95

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Ultra Crimson Star was the first variety ever to receive an All America Selection Bedding Plant Award. The Ultra range is still one of the best available, early blooming, very tolerant of stress, weather resistant and dependable. Blooms measure 3” to 4” wide, with large white stripes intersecting the main colour at even intervals. The compact, well-branched plants are 12” to 14” high. Available as individual colours or as a mix. For trailing types please see our Basket Plants section.

Plectranthus argenteus 'Silver Shield'
Silver Shield n£
10 seeds £3.20   JS1210

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A superb new silver foliage plant for large borders or patio tubs. An easy to grow plant that will make 2ft tall by 2ft wide in a season with large silver grey, furry leaves. Excellent for contrast planting e.g. Hibiscus acetosella.

Poppy Dwarf Danebrog
Annual Poppy
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(Pr Pkt) £2.42   JS711

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Not really a tropical plant but the colour is stunning when mixed within an exotic border. Huge scarlet poppy flowers with a pure white central cross! We supply a dwarf version of this excellent variety which we believe is more manageable.

Portulaca Extra Double Mix
Moss Rose
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Aprx 1000 seeds  £1.95   JS2673

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An excellent mixture of many bright colours in double form. Useful for bedding, rockeries and in crazy paving where seeds can be directly sown where they are required. Portulaca, or moss rose, is a popular drought-tolerant annual. Plants are low-growing spreaders with thick succulent stems and vibrant, cup-shaped flowers. They love it hot and dry and you can even plant them in poor, sandy, soil. They also adapt to average garden conditions. Just give them full sun and any well-drained soil.

Ptilotus exaltatus
Pink Mulla Mulla
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10 seeds  £3.25  JS2793

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This recently introduced plant for the UK, (pronounced tilotus) is truly a breeding breakthrough. A native to central Australia, Pink Mulla Mulla offers exceptional beauty with heat and drought tolerance. Large, conical spikes of feathery flowers top thick silver green foliage. The 3- to 4-inch bottlebrush flower spikes are glistening silver with a darker neon pink colour near the tips. Excellent for container work or in annual flower beds, ‘Joey’ is a natural in any sunny garden location. 12" to 15" tall with easy germination.

Ricinus Carmencita Pink
Castor Oil Bean - SEEDS & PLANTS POISONOUS n£

10 seeds £2.99  JS183

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Widely grown annual Mediterranean plants producing large attractive purplish leaves on red stems with clusters of red flowers and seed heads between the leaves. I grow it regularly as summer bedding, after witnessing it displayed to perfection in a Portuguese garden. An early spring sowing will produce 5’ plants by September. BEWARE that all parts of this plant are poisonous, in particular the seeds. Some of you may remember the umbrella stabbing of a spy many years ago in London using an almost untraceable deadly poison? This was Ricin, chemically extracted from the seeds of this plant!

Carmencita Pink is an award winning form with clear pink seed heads and green leaves with a grey/pink blush, often used at Wisley for bedding. Carmencita Red is the best red form.

Ricinus Carmencita Red
Castor Oil Bean - SEEDS & PLANTS POISONOUS n£

10 seeds  £3.73  JS72

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From the USA the first dwarf long blooming F1 Hybrid! Uniform habit, long bloom time and terrific heat- and sun tolerance of the huge 4- to 6-inch flower clusters on slightly smaller plants reaching 3ft to 4 feet tall with a natural bushy habit. Colours in lavender, rose, white and a pink with a white flush (picture) or mixed.

Ricinus communis zanzibarensis
Castor Oil Bean - SEEDS & PLANTS POISONOUS n£
10 seeds £2.62   JS83

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A huge green leaved form of the Ricinus capable of reaching 10ft in one season, supporting 2ft wide leaves. Great for an unusual green jungle back drop. We now supply a mixed colour form, some with plain green stems and some with a hint of pink similar to a giant form of Carmencita Pink but without the Carmencita pink flowers.
 

Ricinus Blue Giant

OUT OF STOCK!
Castor Oil Bean - SEEDS & PLANTS POISONOUS n£
10 seeds £2.68   JS2828

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We believe this to be a form of Zanzibarensis. From our trials the produced tall plants to 10ft in a year with attractive blue/grey leaves and stems. The seed capsules are also a grey green.
 

Ricinus impala
Castor Oil Bean - SEEDS & PLANTS POISONOUS n£
15 seeds £2.87   JS256

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Impala is a widely available form with good red colouring and slightly taller, growing to 6ft from an early spring sowing. Some variability in colouration though compared with Communis Red.

Ricinus New Zealand Purple
Castor Oil Bean - SEEDS & PLANTS POISONOUS n£
10 seeds £3.95   JS1318

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A fabulous new Ricinus with deep maroon to purple metallic leaves, stems and fruit. A tall, majestic plant to 7ft with stunning foliage and a must have for any tropical border. We now have sensible quantities for sale. Please note that the seeds need a little more heat than other Ricinus to get them started.

Ricinus Mixed Collection
Castor Oil Beans Mixed - SEEDS & PLANTS POISONOUS n£
20seeds £6.95   JS3653

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Each packet contains 5 seeds of each of the following and individually packed:-

Ricinus comm carmencita 'pink'
Ricinus comm carmencita 'red'
Ricinus communis Zanzibarensis
Ricinus New Zealand Purple

Rudbeckia Autumn Colours
Black Eyed Susan  n£]]
Aprx 30 seeds £2.66   JS3570

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An attractive mixture of ‘Autumn’ shades with bronze petals, red rings and rusty red centres. An excellent bedding plant for mixed borders and on its own. 60cm.

Rudbeckia hirta Cherokee Sunset
Gloriosa Daisy  n£]]
Aprx 30 seeds £2.66   JS2548

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This new double rudbeckia has a unique flower shape and colours making it a great addition to your late summer garden. Ideal for borders or as cut flowers. Height to 60cm and a superb colour range of autumn reds and golds. Rudbeckia hirta are actually short lived perennials but best grown as an annual.

Rudbeckia hirta Cherry Brandy
Gloriosa Daisy  n£]]
Aprx 30 seeds £2.66   JS2547

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A fantastic new colour addition for Rudbeckia with deep maroon red flowers complemented by a dark red centre. The flowers are 4" across and produced all summer, even in poor soils. A recent introduction and not one to be missed. Rudbeckia hirta are actually short lived perennials but best grown as an annual.

Rudbeckia hirta Prairie Sun
Gloriosa Daisy  n£]]
Aprx 30 seeds £2.66   JS2549

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One of the finest new varieties to arrive with very large clear yellow flowers with a green to lime centre. A superb tall bedding plant to 80cm with a great display of 20cm 5" flower heads on strong stems. Rudbeckia hirta are actually short lived perennials but best grown as an annual

Rudbeckia occidentalis Green Wizard
Green Black Eyed Susan  n£]]
Aprx 30 seeds £2.95   JS3569

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An unusual cut flower with strong stems, extremely long lasting in water. Bright green sepals with dark almost black cones. 1.5m.

Salvia hormonium (Clary)
Mixed Clary Monach Series
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Aprx 200 seeds £1.59  
JS2408

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Compact habit to 2ft and easy to grow by sowing directly where to flower. Excellent for dried flowers with bright bracts in pink, blue and white shades. 70cm

Salvia hormonium Oxford Blue (Clary)

Blue Clary n£
Aprx 200 seeds £1.59  
JS3629

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Salvia hormonium (Clary) produces compact habit plants to 2ft and easy to grow by sowing directly where to flower. Excellent for dried flowers this one has bright blue bracts ideal for colour themed borders. 70cm

Salvia hormonium Pink Sundae (Clary)

Pink Clary n£
Aprx 200 seeds £1.59  
JS3630

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Salvia hormonium (Clary) produces compact habit plants to 2ft and easy to grow by sowing directly where to flower. Excellent for dried flowers this one has bright pink bracts and ideal for colour themed borders. 70cm

Salvia hormonium White Swan (Clary)

Pink Clary n£
Aprx 200 seeds £1.59  
JS3631

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Salvia hormonium (Clary) produces compact habit plants to 2ft and easy to grow by sowing directly where to flower. Excellent for dried flowers this variety has white bracts with green veining and ideal for colour themed borders. 70cm

Salvia patens
Blue Angel
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Aprx 20 seeds £2.66  
JS2411

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This popular Salvia has large intense rich sky blue tubular flowers in mid summer to mid autumn. Ideal for summer pots and containers but although it is a perennial with winter frost protection it is best treated as an annual and grown the same way as Salvia splendens. 70cm

Salvia patens Patio Sky Blue

New for 2017!
Blue Angel
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Aprx 20 seeds £2.95  
JS3764

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Salvia Sky Blue has true sky blue flowers on compact well-branched vigorous plants. Easy to grow and low-maintenance it is a tuberous herbaceous perennial blooming continuously with good care originating from Central Mexico. The blooms have a spreading open form, are slightly hairy and are highly attractive to bees. They do well in either sun or partial shade and fairly drought tolerant once established. Hardy to about -10c if not in soggy winter conditions. 50cm

Salvia splendens Salsa
Annual Salvia n£
Aprx 50 seeds £1.95

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A day length neutral Salvia 25cm tall that will flower in 3 months from sowing. Excellent garden or pot performance in full sun or partial shade. We offer the classic scarlet form and a mixed packet of 10 individual colours in shades of purple, red, white, rose, salmon etc.

Scabiosa Dwarf Double Mixed
Annual Scabious n£
Aprx 75 seeds £1.95   JS2959

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Best sown where they are to flower in spring, this variety has fully double flowers in an excellent colour range on relatively compact plants. Colours of maroon, carmine, scarlet, pink, rose and white. They prefer a light, well drained soil and an open sunny position thinned out to 25cm apart.

Solanum Laciniatum
Kangaroo Apple n£
(Pr Pkt) £2.42   JS84

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A tall growing shrub like plant belonging to the Solanum family. It has blue flowers very similar to Solanum jasminoides but larger to 3” across. The pinnate foliage is fairly attractive and since the plant can achieve 8ft from seed in its first year, it makes a bold statement at the back of any tropical border. You may have seen plants at the NEC BBC Gardeners World Show in 2005 on one of the tropical stands.

Sorghum bicolor
Broom Corn n£
15 seeds £2.42   JS1183

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Sorghum bicolor, a member of the corn family with wide strapping leaves and tall seed heads, is an important source of grain in many parts of the world. The stems of some are used for making molasses or syrup, while other types are grown for making brooms or as ornamentals. Seeds can be cooked like rice or popped, and the stems of some varieties can be chewed like sugar cane. Horticultural selections have been made for color and height, and all are easily grown as an annual. The attractive coloured seed heads can be used for fresh or dried arrangements. Many of the available selections are very tall and are a dramatic backdrop for other plants. Our exciting mix contains tall and medium strains, black and white seeded, popping corn, coloured uprights of gold, red, black, maroon, pink and cream with large seed heads for drying. Plus white african to over 8ft useful for syrup and a selection of red strains. I cannot guarantee you will get all of these in packet of 15 seeds but certainly an exciting selection that makes a real impact for the back of any tropical border.

Stocks - Cinderella series  n£
Aprx 50 seeds £2.77   JS2154

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Popular bedding plants with a delicious scent. The 90 day Cinderella range has a very high % of double flowers in a good colour range and uniform habit. The few single flowering plants can be removed by discarding the dark green seedlings.

Sweet Pea Incense Mixed  
Scented Sweet Pea
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25 seeds £1.95   JS2670

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A selection of the world's most fragrant sweet peas. Carefully selected for a stunning colour blend. Don't forget that a late Autumn to Winter seed sowing is best for these lovely climbing plants.

Sweet Pea Mammoth Mixed  
Giant Sweet Pea
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25 seeds £1.95   JS2672

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A large strong growing variety with long stems excellent for cutting in a lovely mixed colour blend. Don't forget that a late Autumn to Winter seed sowing is best for these lovely climbing plants.

Sweet Pea Spencer Waved Mixed  
Giant Sweet Pea
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25 seeds £1.95   JS2671

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A very popular large flowered variety with an excellent colour mix selected from individual colours. Don't forget that a late Autumn to Winter seed sowing is best for these lovely climbing plants.

Tithonia speciosa Torch  n£
Mexican Sunflower

Aprx 50 seeds £2.15   JS2414

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These 5’ to 6’ tall sturdy plants with velvety dark green leaves and fiery, red-orange blooms will turn any sunny spot into a Mexican fiesta. Perfect for use as a quick summer screen they also attract butterflies. Heat and drought tolerant and will grow in any soil as long as it is in full sun.

Tithonia speciosa Yellow Torch  n£

Yellow Mexican Sunflower

Aprx 50 seeds £2.15   JS2902

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These 5’ to 6’ tall sturdy plants with velvety dark green leaves and bright yellow blooms will turn any sunny spot into a Mexican fiesta. Perfect for use as a quick summer screen they also attract butterflies. Heat and drought tolerant and will grow in any soil as long as it is in full sun.

Trachelium caeruleum Devotion Mixed n£
Blue Throatwort

Mixed Colours 10 seeds £2.49   JS3282

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Trachelium caeruleum or blue throatwort is a member of the Campanula family and native to the West and Central Mediterranean region. A tender perennial usually grown as annual it is used extensively for the cut flower trade, with a 2 week vase life. The Devotion series is a choice cultivar to 30" with a good colour range. Seed sown in March and planted out in full sun after frosts will flower all summer. Attracts butterflies. Can also be grown in pots to produce spectacular flower heads and if you have a cold greenhouse they can be overwintered for large clumping plants the following year

Tweedia caerulea
Southern Star n£
10 seeds  £2.28  
JS909

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From Central and South America, a twining semi-shrub, possibly 5’ or more tall if given support, less if free-standing. Both the stems and the narrowly heart shaped leaves are softly hairy and greyish green in colour. In summer it bears loose clusters of 1” star shaped, sky blue blossoms along the stems. A good plant for containers. Sun or light shade, reasonably well drained, fertile soil, moderate watering but although strictly a perennial it is best grown as an annual. Hardy to around -5°C.

Verbena bonariensis
Purpletop Vervain n£]
Aprx 100 seeds  £1.59   JS2762

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Verbena bonariensis is a tender perennial flower that adds height and wispiness to the garden and flower arrangements but in the UK probably best grown as an annual from an early sowing. It is a tall plant that has small delicate, vibrant metallic purple flowers that are held high on 1.5m thin, ridgid but square stems. It adds impact to borders and in a vase when used in numbers. To try and overwinter outside provide a protective mulch around them in the autumn with leaf mould or compost.

Xeranthemum lumina Double Mixed
Everlasting flower n£
Aprx 200 seeds  £1.25  
JS3208

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One of the prettiest annual everlasting flowers; they are simply charming in borders with an abundance of 1" to 2" wide, dainty blossoms in four distinct colours of white, rose, crimson and purple. The attractive double paper like blooms are held on strong stems of silver-green foliage and have a papery feel. They are excellent for cutting, and if dried are useful for winter decoration to brighten up those dull days. They will even do well in poor soil but need a sunny position and branch out to 70cm tall.

Zinnia Benary's Giant Mix

Giant Red Hybrid Zinnia n£
50 seeds  £1.66   JS2068

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Fully double giant 4" to 5" flowers on long stems excellent for cutting. A winning tall variety growing to 3ft or 4ft with large dahlia like flowers and a proven superb variety. Colours include crimson, yellow, purple, rose, lilac, orange and white.

Zinnia Big Red Hybrid

Giant Red Hybrid Zinnia n£
15 seeds  £3.73   JS2034

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Big Red begins flowering just 7 weeks from sowing with huge 6" flowers. The plants are vigorous and upright, reaching 3 feet tall in a full sun position and keep coming long after other Zinnias have given up the ghost. The waxy petals, which arise in many layers in a dense, Dahlia-flowered form have a waxy texture that holds its shape and shakes off rain and moisture.

Zinnia Cupcakes

New for 2017!

Double Hybrid Hybrid Zinnia n£
20 seeds  £1.95   J3794

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Zinnia Cupcakes is a new vibrantly coloured zinnia mix of unusual flowers. The fully-double, 5cm blooms burst open into puffy mounds of petals. Colours include vanilla, lemon, peach, cherry, and raspberry. Excellent for beds, borders, and planters and excellent for cutting with plants reaching 75cm tall.

 

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