Single daisy-like flowers in shades of pink, red, rose or white completely cover the 75 cm (30″) high bushy plants from May through June. Invaluable for cutting (cut as soon as colour shows) and as a dried flower (harvest immediately after bloom opens). Avoid high fertility. Moist, well drained soil is best–try raised beds to accomplish this if your soil is heavy. Hardy to Zone 5 with protection. Interestingly, direct sown or self-sown established plants are hardier than transplants.
How to Grow
500 seed/gram. (Chrysanthemum coccinium) Gorgeous spring and summer colour in sun or partial shade. Sow seed indoors in a soil-less mix Mar 1st for early summer flowering. Germinate at 20 C (70 F) for 14-21 days then grow on under lights at a slightly cooler temperature before hardening off and transplanting out after the danger of frost has passed. Space plants 30 cm (12″) apart. Seed can also be sown direct to the garden in July. Plants will produce single flowers during the first season of bloom. Enjoys full sun in a rich, fertile soil.