Rugged clumps of divided leaves, with tall upright stems of creamy pincushion flowers. Definitely back of the border. Ours is definitely ill-placed, in a corner of the side garden, where its sparse, open habit provides a look through to the white vinyl siding, rather than a lush leafy backdrop. I'll be moving it to a more naturalistic area of the garden this fall.
||creamy yellow (summer)
||ordinary garden soil
||give 6 weeks cold, then germinates rapidly at room temperature. self-seeds in our garden.
detailed seed-starting info below
This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...
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|moonraker||Jul 03, 2006||Cephalaria Dipsacoides: Thanks for seed propagation tips. I have been growing these majestic plants for about 8 years and have always propagated by division in Spring. That's the easy way - provided I remember to look for the young plants before the border closes in around them with other growth - then it's out of sight, out of mind! The next time I think of it is when I look out one June day to see a familiar flower bud swaying around in the breeze, 5 feet off the ground, surrounded by those distinctive leaves. Then I remember the friends I had promised to supply with one. |
- Seed from '03 garden. Baggy 35F (6w)-70F (83%, 3-5d)
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