Anoda (Opal Cup, Snowcap)

ANODA (Opal Cup, Snowcup) Malvaceae A. cristata

HABITAT: Native to Texas, Mexico, and South America.

USES: In back of a border.

HABIT: Summer and autumn-flowering annual with purple, lilac, or white single flowers up to 2-inches in diameter and in the leaf axils of 3-foot plants. Flowers open daily. Alternate, arrow-shaped leaves.

SEED GERMINATION & CULTURE: Sow seed indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost in spring. Sow seed in a moistened growing medium and cover lightly. Place in a warm location of 68 to 75°F. Germination occurs in about 10 days. Plant outdoors after danger of frost spacing 15-inches apart. Grow in full sun in a well-drained soil with medium fertility. Drought tolerant once established. Seed can also be sown directly into the garden after soil has warmed in spring.

PROPAGATION: Seed.