Poached Egg Flower

There are several reasons for choosing Limnanthes as an edging plant for the front of the border. It is unusual – a welcome change from the universally-popular Alyssum and Lobelia. It is also very colourful with its two-toned flowers and it is highly attractive to bees. The ferny foliage is pale green and the low-growing, spreading plants make excellent rockery specimens.

VARIETIES: You will only find one type of Limnanthes in the seed catalogues – L. douglasii, which came to Britain from California. The yellow petals have a distinct white edge – hence the common name. It is easy to grow and has a long flowering season. The fragrance is sweet but not strong and the blooms are plentiful when grown in a sunny spot.

SITE AND SOIL: Any reasonable garden soil will do-thrives best in full sun.

PLANT DETAILS: Height 6 June-September. in.

Spacing: 4 in.

Flowering period:

PROPAGATION: Sow seeds in March where they are to flower. September sowing will provide plants which bloom in late spring.

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