Monarch of the Veldt Half-hardy Annual VENIDIUM


You will have to search through the catalogues to find this one. It certainly deserves to be better known. The Sunflower-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 stems make excellent cut flowers.

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 . Alternatively sow seeds outdoors in May.


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