Brilliant flame red cone-shaped heads often 15x10cm (6x4 inches). Cultivated extensively for cut flowers. Height: 60-180cm (2-6ft).
Sow in trays, pots, etc of good seed compost in a propagator or warm place to maintain an optimum temperature of 70-75F (20-25C). Surface sow using an Ericaceous (Rhododendron, Heather, etc.) compost, and do not exclude light. Sow at any time of year. Germination usually takes 21-60 days.
Space the plants 30cm (12in) apart in full sun or part shade. Plant in ordinary garden soil.
Water freely during the growing season, moderately through winter.