Easy to grow. Great cut flower or massed into borders. Plants bloom profusely in multiple colours of pink, mauve, white, salmon, and red. Direct seed outdoors in early April in sun or semi-shade. Press seeds into the soil surface, do not cover. Thin seedlings when they are 1 in/ 25 mm high to 6 in/15 cm apart. Pick a cool semi-shaded, sandy area where the soil is rather low in nitrogen (poorly fertilized). Seeds take between seven and fourteen days to germinate. Hardy Annual.
This flower keeps well after being cut.