This unusual plant is a perennial, but is mostly grown as an annual. It is very easy to grow from seed if sown in February to March. It will already flower in May or June of that same year and will continue flowering till September or October, producing many seed berries which contain 50-100 seeds each. This large seed production (and the risk of it becoming a weed) is also known in another plant, Talinum paniculata. When ripe, the berries turn brown and open on the bottom to release the seed, unlike Talinums which explode, scattering the seed over wide areas.

Lopezia can grow in poor soils where it will remain a reasonably small plant. In richer soils, it will grow much larger, up to a meter high. It is native to Mexico, Salvador and Guatemala and belongs to the family Onagraceae. There are seven species known in these countries, all fairly similar in growth and requirements. L. racemosa is commonly known as the mosquito flower because the flowers resemble a mosquito flying at you.

Lopezia racemosa

Lopezia racemosa

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