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Chinese houses

Collinsia heterophylla

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Chinese houses is a plant which belongs to the Collinsia genus. The origin of this plant's scientific name epithet (heterophylla) means 'with leaves of different kinds'.

Chinese houses grows as an annual and is a flower. Being an annual plant, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year.

Chinese houses is known for growing to a height of approximately 11.7 inches (that's 30.0 cm in metric). This plant tends to bloom in mid spring.

United States is believed to be where Chinese houses originates from.

As Chinese houses is a low maintanence plant, it is great for beginner gardeners and those that like gardens that don't need much overseeing.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Chinese houses have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Chinese houses

  • Dappled Sun

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scatter seed during rainy season for spring germination

A dappled sun position will ensure your plant thrives and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Use Zone 1 - Zone 10 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Keep in mind when planting that Chinese houses is thought of as half hardy, so remember to watch your frost dates and ensure you have this plant protected when the temperature dips.

See our list of companion Plants for Chinese houses to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Chinese houses from seed

Ensure a distance of 0.39 inches (1.0 cm) between seeds when sowing - look to sow at a depth of approximately 0.04 inches (0.1 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 0°C / 32°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Chinese houses about 30 days before your last frost date .

Transplanting Chinese houses

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Chinese houses is a half hardy plant.

How long does Chinese houses take to grow?

These estimates for how long Chinese houses takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

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When should I plant Chinese houses?

Our when to plant Chinese houses estimates are relative to your last frost date.

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Other names for Chinese houses

Purple chinese houses

Collinsia heterophylla Buist ex Graham var. austromontana (Newsom) Munz

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