If you have sandy soil, this easy-to-grow plant is an excellent choice. The glistening yelloware 2 in. across and are borne in profusion throughout the summer. The feathery stamens and golden petals give the plant the appearance of a miniature St. John’s Wort, and this from California deserves to be much more widely grown.
VARIETIES: You will find Blazing Star listed in the catalogues as Bartonia aurea, although its modern latin name is Ment-zelia lindleyi. Thesucculentbear long, much-divided and the flowers are slightly fragrant. The only drawback is seen in dull weather – the flowers close when the sun isn’t shining.
SITE AND SOIL: Thrives best in dry, sandy soil and an open, sunny situation.
PLANT DETAILS: Height 1.5 ft.
Spacing: 9 in.
Flowering period: June-September.
PROPAGATION: Sowin April where they are to flower. Thin to required spacing.