One of the best all-purpose companion plants for most vegetables.
OH This seed was given to us years ago and for whatever reason we did not grow it out until this year. Wow what have we been missing! Not only does this plant produce beautifully tall (1m) robust flowers of white, rose pink and violet with a very long flowering period from mid-summer to the first frost, it is matched with stunning dark foliage. It is a beneficial plant attracting bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects to the garden and also acting as a companion plant to the vegetables as it is a catch crop for shield bugs(vegetable stink bugs) and the smell repels rabbits! Originally from the tropical and sub-tropical areas of Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay and southern Brazil. Recently through DNA testing it has been proven that they are closely related to the Brassicaceae family, which is obvious when you look at their seed pods. A highly recommended cottage garden flower for the back of boards or to interplant in the vegetable garden.
Sow into tray in spring or early summer. Prick out to 4cm diagonal spacing when true leaves appear. Transplant into a garden bed at 30cm diagonal spacing or as you see fit for your garden design.