This showy annual or perennial herbaceous plant is one of our favorite border ornaments, flowering after most of our Summer annuals are past blooming and thriving in any good garden loam.

Propagate by sowing the seeds, one-eighth of an inch deep, either in a frame or in a sheltered place out of doors or where they are to bloom. They germinate freely and should be planted or thinned to one foot apart; mulch the ground with well-rotted manure and give them plenty of water at the root. The perennials are propagated by dividing the roots in early Spring, planting them two feet apart and treating them as recommended for the annuals.