Blazing Star BARTONIA

If you have sandy soil, this easy-to-grow plant is an excellent choice. The glistening yellow flowers are 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 annual 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. Thesucculent stems bear long, much-divided leaves 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: Sow seeds in April where they are to flower. Thin to required spacing.

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