Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: none required
Germination: sow seed 1/16" deep, tamp the soil, keep moist
Other: expect germination in 10 days @ 70-85 degrees F, it will take longer if cooler
Looking for a unique addition to your garden or vegetable plot? Look no further than Orychophragmus violaceus, also known as Chinese Violet Cress or February Orchid. This annual or biennial herb grows to be about 15-60cm tall and prefers sunny, well-drained soil. While it isn't very cold-tolerant, it can be overwintered outdoors in areas where temperatures don't drop below -5°C. This interesting plant is even cultivated as a vegetable in China. Its blooms come in deep purple, lavender, or white and its narrow, linear fruit can grow to be up to 11cm long. With its unique appearance and growing potential, Orychophragmus violaceus is sure to make your garden stand out.