HARDY PERENNIALS: PYRETHRUM

These were once grown in quantity for cutting, but stocks generally have dwindled. With their brightly coloured daisy type flowers in red, pink and white—both double and single, they are very decorative hardy plants whether or not used for cutting. They need very well drained soil with a preference for lime, and the somewhat carrotty foliage gives them a fresh appearance, whilst the very fibrous roots makes them easy to divide. This is best done in early Spring or in July after flowering. Good single varieties are P. ‘E. M. Robinson’, clear pink, P. ‘Marjorie Robinson’ deeper pink, P. ‘Brenda’ cerise, and

P. ‘Evenglow’, salmon orange, with a white sometimes available. Double flowered varieties are usually somewhat less vigorous. A good pink is P. ‘Madeleine’, with P. ‘White Madeleine’ also, and P. ‘Carl Vogt’ as another white. P. ‘Progression’ is a deeper pink and though double reds are scarce, there are a few such as P. V. N. Twerdy’ and P. ‘Lord Roseberry’ in existence Singles grow to about 2 ½ -3 feet and doubles usually a little shorter. Staking may be needed where grown in confined spaces and this should take the form of short pea sticks, inserted in early May, before the buds become heavy.

PYRETHRUM singles

PYRETHRUM singles

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