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Airy blue flowers form a stunning mass mid-border late in the season when many other flowers are fading. In southern climates, this plant self-sows with vigor.

Latin Name

Browallia americana



Also Known As

Amethyst Flower Bush Violet

Type of Plant

Annuals Annuals

Bloom Season

August - October


Summer Summer
Fall Fall


Max height Max Height: 3'
Max spread Max Spread: 2'


  • Annual
  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Part Shade Part Shade
    Full Shade Full Shade
    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Sun Part Sun


    Native Range

    South America


    It was introduced into cultivation in 1735, and was recommended by Philadelphia nurseyman Bernard McMahon in The American Gardener's Calendar (1806).

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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