|No wonder I usually miss the spring bloom - the flowers appear in early April, low to the ground |
Interesting plant. From tidy rosettes of serrated leaves, this plant blooms twice a year. The flower buds are pink-tinged, and open to white flowers, followed by fluffy seedheads. What's odd is that the mid-summer bloom seems to proceed directly from closed bud to seedhead - no flowers. The images below show "buds" in two stages of opening.
||white (late spring and early fall)
||1' tall, 6" wide
||full sun-part shade
||Easy, at room temperature. Have seen occasional self-seeding in our garden.
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below
|Seed ripens||early August|
|Seedling, "flowering" in late May |
|Early August seedheads |
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list
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|Irene||Feb 01, 2006||Thank you for this posted image. Everyone talks about the second stage, fluffy seedheads like cotton and they are actually not. I am pasting a description from www.gardensnorth.com who has them for sale which will explain the two stage mystery:
Unusual perennial native to Asia. Plant is dimorphic (having distinct spring and autumn flowering stages). The flowering you see first year from seed is actually the autumn stage (the seed-producing fluffy white "dandelion type" flower heads). In spring, white daisies appear, rose-pink underneath.
Hope this helps.|
Thanks for the information, Irene. It's a fascinating plant.
- Seed from '01 trade. Baggy 70F (100%G, 4-7d)
- Seed from '07 garden. Baggy 70F (96%G, 7-10d)
- Seed from '09 garden. Baggy 70F (95%G, 6-9d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (70%G, 8-19d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (no G, 3w)
- Seed from '13 garden. Baggy 70F (60%G, 6-11d)
- Seed from '14 garden. Baggy 70F (100%G, 5-8d)
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