Didiscus

Originating from Australia, this attractive annual bears star-like flowers from early summer to autumn in cooling shades of blue, purple and white.

The plants are ideal for a window box or container growing and will perform equally well grown in a sunny border.

Popular varieties:

The following varieties are easily raised from seed.

‘Blue Star’ has star-like flowers of deep blue. The delicately scented blooms are unique, with attractively quilled petals.

‘Iberidifolia Mixed’ includes lilac, pink and white flowers.

‘Purple Splendour’ bears bright purple flowers with striking black centres.

‘White Splendour’ produces daisy-like blooms of pure white with yellow centres.

Cultivation

Sow seeds in trays under glass in early spring, maintaining a temperature of 16-18°C (6I-64°F). Cover the seeds and water gently with a fine spray.

When the seedlings are large enough to handle, transfer them to trays of potting or universal compost. Grow on and harden off the plants prior to planting out in late spring or early summer, in tubs or window boxes with other flowers or directly out into a sunny border.

Pests and diseases: Trouble free.

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