You will have to search through the catalogues to find this one. It certainly deserves to be better known. The-like blooms are 4 in. across and they are quite distinctive – at the base of each inner petal is a purple-black blotch, providing a rayed effect around the rim of the prominent black disc. The blooms on their long make excellent cut .
VARIETIES: V. fastuosum grows about 2 ft high. The deeply-lobed foliage is silvery and the flowers are orange. The stems usually require staking. ‘Dwarf Hybrids’ require no support – the plants do not exceed 1 ft and the flower colours range from pale cream to deep orange. A good choice for tubs in a sunny situation.
SITE AND SOIL: Thrives in light, well-drained soil – full sun is essential.
PLANT DETAILS: Height 1 or 2 ft.
Spacing: 1 ft.
Flowering period: June-October.
PROPAGATION: Follow the Half Hardy Annual technique . Alternativelyoutdoors in May.