Bluewings Fast Facts

Overview

Bluewings are annuals that are also considered an herb. They are a member of the Scrophulariaceae family of plants that includes snapdragon, foxglove, bush monkeyflower and the firecracker plant.

Features

Bluewings grow from 8 to 12 inches high and bloom throughout summer and fall. The flowers grow in clumps in combinations of blue, white, pink and purple.

Environment

Bluewings prefer full or partial shade and well-drained, nutrient-rich soil. They are hardy in Zones 8 to 11. Zones 8 to 10 are the hottest in the continental United States, and Hawaii comprises Zone 11.

Planting

Bluewings are planted in spring from seeds, which are best started inside about 10 weeks before the last expected frost in your area. Cover the seeds lightly with soil.

Care

Plant the seedlings outdoors about 6 to 8 inches apart. Keep the soil moist, but not wet, throughout the growing season. Fertilize all season long. Cut off dead flowers unless you want a lot of plants next season.

Uses

Bluewings are used as edging plants and in flower beds, rock gardens, hanging plants and borders. They can also be grown in containers and grown indoors as houseplants.

References

  • Bluewings Information
  • Bluewing Family
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