HARDY PERENNIALS: ARNEBIA

A. echioides. The’Prophets Flower’ holds a legend, Mahomet once stumbled in a rocky place and would have bruised his hand, but for the flower of this plant which cushioned his hand as he fell. The maroon spots on the bright yellow flowers are the imprints of the Prophets fingers, but though these fade in a few days, it makes little difference to the value of this unusual hardy plant. It grows only 9 inches high, from a tuft of tongue shaped leaves, the sprays opening in April and lasting for a few weeks. Plants are fleshy rooted, prefer light open soil and can be divided when old in early autumn—when occasionally a few late flowers are seen.

ARNEBIA echioides

ARNEBIA echioides

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