•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 1-12
Also known as painted daisy, these flowers produces showy, 3-inch-wide flowers in a variety of brilliant hues, including red, yellow, white, violet, and pink. The colorful petals fan out from a large central disk that’s golden in color, and they bloom from early to mid-summer and in fall. The flowers, which are often used in bouquets and cut flower arrangements, grace the tops of stiff stalks adorned by frilly, fern-like leaves. Originally grown in China as an herb in the 15th century. In the 17th century, they became a staple in European garden and the poet Chaucer gave this family of flowers the name "Day's Eye" due to the flower opening in the morning and closing at dark. This variety originates from African and has quickly become very popular due to its multicolor rings.
After the last frost of spring, direct sow on the surface of the soil and press down lightly for good soil contact. To start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost, sow in a flat and press lightly into the top of lightly moistened soil. Keep the moisture consistent and the temperature around 70° until germination which usually takes place in 3 weeks. When the seedlings reach a height of several inches and the threat of frost is over, transplant them outdoors. These plants adapt to most soil conditions, but prefer a well draining, evenly moist soil. Water regularly until they reach maturity and then only occasionally from that point. To survive the winter, these must be in a very, very well draining soil. Like other plants such as lavenders, it's not the cold that kills them, but water that freezes if the soil doesn't drain.
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