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ALONSOA - "Mask Flower" - Hardy and Half Hardy Annuals

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ALONSOA - "Mask Flower" Described.

ALONSOA - "Mask Flower" - is a genus of 12 species of flowering plants in the family Scrophulariaceae, the figwort family. The genus includes both herbaceous and shrubby species.

ALONSOA - "Mask Flower" - Delightful alike for beds, borders, or for pot culture, the Alonsoas / Alonso Scrophulariaceae fully deserve a larger measure of popularity than they enjoy. Charmingly elegant, growing from 9 inches to 1 foot high, and making dense little bushes that are smothered with brilliant, large-lipped flowers all the Summer through, the Alonsoas possess an unique beauty. Most of the species may be treated as Annuals, but a few of the best are true Half-hardy Annuals. The seeds are small, and must be only just covered with fine, sandy soil; March is a good time to sow, and a temperature of 60° will be high enough. A sowing out-of-doors in April will give good results. Prick out the seedlings early and plant them, in May or early June, where they have to flower. Six inches apart is sufficient space for the dwarf compact growers, but the taller sorts need more room.

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ALONSOA - "Mask Flower"

The chief species are A. linifolia, 1 foot to 1.5 foot high, scarlet; A. miniata,1 foot, bright scarlet; A. Scarlet Gem, 1 foot, a fine and brilliant scarlet variety; A. Mutisii, 1 foot, pink with crimson centre; and A. Warscewiczii, 1.5 foot, vermilion-scarlet, with golden stamens. There are some good selected strains of Alonsoas on the market, probably obtained from A. Warscewiczii, and both scarlet and creamy-pink varieties that grow about 9 inches high and are very distinct and beautiful.

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