Herbaceous low spreading perennial, originating from the rocky slops of the Eastern Mediterranean. Its dainty daisy type flowers appear in early spring above pretty, deeply cut, dark green leaves. The common name windflower, is termed so, because the flower heads turn away from any breeze.
Easy to grow. These attractive low growing plants can quickly spread to form large clumps.
Ideal for gently shaded areas. Can be grown in containers, in short grass, raised beds, rock gardens or as under-planting for deciduous shrubs and trees. Ideal companion for dwarf narcissus.
Plant corms in autumn 3-4in (8-10cm) deep and 15cm (6in) apart. Soak corms in water before planting.
Mulch over in autumn. In colder areas the corms can be lifted in autumn and stored over-winter in a frost-free spot.
Note: The leaves die back a few weeks after flowering and the roots creep along close to the surface, therefore be sure to mark or label the growing position of naturalised plantings, so that they are not disturbed or accidentally dug-up later in the season.
Plant new corms in the autumn or lift and divide mature clumps in June or July.