PYRETHRUM

A border plant beloved by flower arrangers – the large Daisylike flowers are borne singly on long stalks above the attractive feathery foliage. Pink and red are the dominant colours – the single blooms, measuring 2 in. or more in diameter, bear a prominent central disc and the doubles, which usually are smaller and less vigorous in growth habit, have a mass of miniature petals within an outer ring of large ones. Pyrethrum is happiest in light sandy soil and the most important rule is to remove the flower stems once the blooms have faded – in this way the flowering season will be prolonged. Provide support for the stems in spring and water when the weather is dry.

VARIETIES: The garden varieties are hybrids of P. The basic details are height 2-3 ft. Spacing 1.5 ft.

Flowering period: May-June. Good singles include ‘Brenda’ (deep pink), ‘E. M. Robinson’ (pale pink), ‘Bressingham Red’ (crimson) and ‘Kelway’s Glorious’ (scarlet). The best double red is ‘Lord Rosebery’ – ‘Vanessa’ is a yellow-centred pink double.

SITE AND SOIL: Well-drained soil is essential – thrives best in full sun.

PROPAGATION: Divide clumps in spring.

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