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The lisianthus is an herbaceous annual, growing to 15–60 cm, with bluish green, slightly succulent leaves and large funnel-shaped flowers growing on long straight stems.  The stems may either be erect single stems, or branching stems that rise to three feet in height. The size of the lisianthus flower is up to two inches across and comes in a variety of colors. They naturally occur in all shades of pink, purple, white, and blue. In addition, some are bicolored and a few are yellow or carmine-red.  You may see either single- or double-flowered varieties in all of the known colors.  Native to the continental United States, some call the lisianthus the “poor man's rose.”

Fun Fact:  You can use it as substitute for anemones by taking a button pom, painting it black,and gluing it in the middle of the flower to give it the appearance of an anemone!

Take a look at this picture and see if you can tell the difference.