Pheasant’s eye () is the only species grown as a hardy . The prolific, cup-shaped have deep crimson petals and near black stamens, and appear early to mid summer. They grow 30cm (12in) high, with fern-like foliage.
For best effect, plant in drifts at the front of a border with otherand . It also grows well in containers.
For early flowers,outdoors in autumn. Thin to 15cm (6in) apart; then, the following spring, to 30cm (12in).
Alternatively,in trays under glass in spring and plant seedlings out 30cm (12in) apart; or sow in spring directly where they are to flower, then thin – but flowering will be later.
Pests and diseases: Slugs can be troublesome.