Tidy Tips

Tidy Tips

Plant this spring annual and you’ll be rewarded with a profusion of those bouncy, 2” blooms with their lemon-yellow and pure white scalloped petals , March through June. Combine with Nemophila menziesii “Baby Blue Eyes,” both will self-sow for a harmonious show next Spring. Nice in pots too! In California, it’s an important nectar source for the Checkerspot butterfly. Every spring I see this flower on Canada Road between Edgewood Preserve and Hwy 92.

Seeds germinate with winter rain and need no supplemental water. If transplanted from seedlings, plants should be watered occasionally. To 14” x 18”. Rich soil is best.

Species Name: Layia platyglossa
Plant Family: Asteraceae
Plant Type: Annual
Height by Width: 1′ H x 6 in. W
Growth Habit: Tall, upright
Deciduous/Evergreen:
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Yellow and white
Endangered?:
Distribution: Northwest, Great Valley, Central West, South West
Natural Habitat: Common in many habitats