Floss Flower Fast Facts
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Beloved for its dense clusters of fuzzy flowers, the floss flower is ideally suited to gardeners of all skill levels. Floss flowers make compact, easy-to-grow container plants, as well as brilliant, fast-spreading ground cover in mixed outdoor gardens.
The most popular floss flowers are dressed in luminescent blues. White, purple, red, and pink are also available, as are bi-color varieties, which change color as they mature.
The most popular floss flowers are "dwarf" types between 6 and 12 inches tall, but some outdoor garden varieties can grow up to 30 inches. Fluffy tufts of tiny flowers bloom atop the plant's bushy, green foliage.
Floss flowers are called annuals, meaning that they die each year after producing flowers. Many container gardeners use the seeds harvested from their last floss flower to grow a new one every year.
Floss flowers originated in Central America, between southern Mexico and the northern reaches of South America. They have since spread to portions of every other continent but Antarctica.
Outside of their natural range, floss flowers usually become invasive weeds that damage native plant populations.
A defensive chemical within the floss flower works to poison the reproductive systems of insects that nibble on its foliage.
- Kemper Center for Home Gardening
- Gardens and Nature
Floss Flower, annual, blue
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