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Cotula hispida

Cotula hispida
Cotula hispida
The tufts stay just as cute and fuzzy in winter

Family asteraceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers yellow (late spring)
Size 6"
Light sun
Cultural notes well-drained garden soil (not too dry)
From seed unsure of best procedure - see below
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensearly July

The small tufts of soft feathery silver foliage remind me of silver mound artemisia. In late spring, button-like yellow flowers emerge on stilt-like stalks that are so disproportionately high above the foliage that they appear to hover unattached. Quite the interesting little plant!

Cotula hispida
A winter close-up

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '01 trade. Baggy 70F with light (no G).
  2. Same seed as above. Pot set outside mid-January. A few G by mid-May
  3. Seed from '04 garden. Baggy 70F with light (2%G, 3d)
  4. Seed from '08 garden. Crushed ~15 seedheads and placed entire contents in baggy under light. ~20 germinated, 1-2 w)

I think there are precious few viable seeds in this little plant's spent flowers. They are small, viability is hard to judge by appearance.

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