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Limnanthes douglasii AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Annual/Biennial

Habit

Spreading / Branched

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

White and Yellow in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

1-2 years


Preferred common name

poached egg flower

Family

Limnanthaceae


Limnanthes are low-growing annuals with pinnately divided leaves and cup-shaped, 5-petalled flowers in summer and autumn

L. douglasii is a spreading bushy annual to 15cm in height, with finely divided leaves and open bowl-shaped yellow flowers with white-tipped petals, in summer and autumn

Other common names

  • meadow foam
  • poached egg plant

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in any moist but well-drained soil in full sun

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Neutral or Alkaline
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in situ in spring or autumn, protect autumn sowings from frost

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging, Patio/Container Plants or Wildlife Gardens


How to care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free