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4. Gray-haired Levkoy, or Matthiola incana
Despite the presence of quite interesting winter-hardy species, most gardeners know Matthiola in its annual form. Indeed, only when grown as a seasonal star does it show all the beauty of its flowering. This species is often called by its second name - gray-haired levkoy.
The varietal variety of gray-haired matthiola is so great that among the plants one can find both giant varieties about 70-80 cm in height and compact "border" levkoi with a height of 20 to 40 cm. Light green obovate or lanceolate whole leaves with a beautiful bluish pubescence seem velvety and very attractive. The dense bushes of gray-haired mattiola look very attractive, but all the beauty of the greenery is fully manifested only during bright flowering.
Levkoe bloom continues from the first weeks of summer to November. On one plant, double and simple flowers, collected in clusters of 10-60 inflorescences, can simultaneously bloom. The pinks, lilacs, reds and lilacs are clean and surprisingly bright. But even the beauty of bloom will not overshadow their uniquely strong scent. The variety in the shape and structure of inflorescences, in other individual decorative features, in gray-haired matthiols is simply amazing.
Unlike other mods, it is better to grow levkoy not through seedlings, but by sowing directly into open soil. Sowing is carried out quite densely, but then the plants are planted 1-2 times, so it is better to start sowing in a separate bed, and not in a permanent place.
Gray-haired Mattiola loves both good lighting and high-quality fertile soils. Magnificent Levkoi are good both in cutting and in a wide variety of compositions as a flowering and textural decoration: in borders, flower beds, rabatkas, groups on the lawn.
- Levkoy planting dates: end of April - May;
- First shoots: 3-5 days;
- Transplanting or thinning distances: from 20 cm for compact varieties to 50 cm for the largest.
Seeds of gray-haired levkoy retain their germination - up to 6 years. And from this point of view, a plant that is so easy to grow can also be considered inimitable.
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