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Telekia speciosa

Telekia speciosa
Fourth-year plant
ox-eye daisy

Synonym(s) Buphthalmum speciosum
Common name ox-eye daisy
Family asteraceae
Life cycle perennial (Z3-7)
Flowers yellow (summer)
Size 4-6'
Light sun-part shade
From seed germinates readily at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensmid-August

Sunflower relative, native to mountainous areas in southern and southeastern Europe. Large daisy-like flowers, whose rays and centers are both yellow, appear in late summer. The bold triangular leaves are reportedly aromatic, but I can't say that I've noticed. After a few years in the garden, these plants sure make an impact.

Telekia speciosa
Second-year plant
ox-eye daisy
Third-year plant
Telekia speciosa
The curious flower buds won't win any beauty contests, but are interesting in their own way
ox-eye daisy
In October, when all that remains is bare stalks, the fuzzy seedheads look positively cute
Telekia speciosa
A few days after they are in full flower, the disks turn a burnished brown color, starting from the outside inward.

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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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '09 trade. Baggy 70F (92%G, 6d)

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