Schizanthus pinnatus 'Hit Parade'

Poor man's orchid

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Key information

Plant type

Half-hardy annual

Flower colour





Half hardy

Skill level


photo by John Glover, copyright GAP Photos (71296)

Plant details

Schizanthus is a choice flowering annual from Chile, sometimes listed as S. x wisetonensis and often called butterfly flower because of the petals' butterfly shapes and extravagant streaks, spots and splashes of colour. Some varieties are more weatherproof than others. 'Hit Parade', for example, gives its best if protected under glass or when grown as a container plant in warm sheltered positions outdoors. It is an ideal cut flower, just a few of the brightly marked heads being sufficient to compose a startling vase arrangement.

Family: Solanaceae

Genus: Schizanthus

Species: pinnatus

Cultivar: Hit Parade

Plant type: Half-hardy annual

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: April to August

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