Pink German Catchfly (Viscaria oculata) is a pretty annual. Each 1-inch flower has five petals around a dark eye. Ours started blooming May 20. They bloom for about 4 months. The common name “catchfly” is used because the stems secrete a sticky liquid that traps small insects. The flower has been in British gardens since the 1840s.
No flower seed is easier to grow than Viscaria seeds.
First planted: 2017
Nursery: Annie’s Annual
Nursery: Yamagami of Cupertino
Soil: Average, well-drained, rich
Water: Regular, Low, drought tolerant