Maltese Cross is a cottage garden favorite that is reliable and hardy. Originally native to Central and eastern Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and northwestern China. Butterflies and hummingbirds love this plant. Brilliant flower clusters on tall stems of scarlet-orange on 2-4 ft. stems of bright green foliage. This is an excellent cutting flower. Flowers bloom from early to mid-summer. Cutting back after flowering will encourage re-blooming. Sow 6-8 weeks before the last frost and transplant outdoors after all danger of frost is past. Sow seeds into moist well-drained soil in sun or part shade. Clumps may be divided in spring or fall and will self-sow from mature seed heads. This species was grown in Thomas Jefferson’s garden at Monticello
Climate: Full to part sun. – Average to moist water. Adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions.
Germination time: 14-24 days at 65-70 degrees
Rate: 1 oz./350 sq. ft.
Bloom time: Early spring to mid-summer
Pkt wt: 2 gm, approx 4,500 seeds
Pollinators: Many Butterflies and Hummingbirds
Deer and Rabit Resistant: yes