These bright and colourfully, low-growing annuals,
which reach just 6in (15cm) in height, are ideal for
brightening-up the front of the border. Tough and reliable
and very easy to grow outdoors from seed. The single
open flowers are highly attractive to pollinators and
other benificial insects.
Botanical Name: Limnanthes douglasii
Common Names: fried egg, poached egg plant, meadow foam, butter and eggs.
Foliage: Deciduous, pale green, finely divided leaves.
Flowers: Small cup-shaped yellow flowers, with white-edged petals. Slight sweet fragrance.
Flowering Period: June to September.
Soil: Any moist but well-drained garden soil. Chalk, clay, sand or loam, any pH.
Conditions: Best grown in full sun. South or west facing, in a sheltered or exposed location.
Habit: Spreading low growing.
Type: Hardy Annual.
Origin: Native to America.
Hardiness: H5. Hardy in most areas of UK (down to -15). Usually dies after flowering at the end of the season.
Good hardy annuals for early summer colour. Easy
to grow from seed. Needs very little care and attention
and attracts many beneficial insects to the garden.
Suitable for town, city, cottage or courtyard gardens. Ideal at the front of beds and borders, as path edging or planted in containers. They also make good winter/early spring flowering pot plants in a cool greenhouse or conservatory.
These fun little fast growing annuals are ideal plants for beginners or children to grow.
Another use for this plant is as a green manure in the vegetable garden. It is not edible, but very effective and easy to dig in.
Cut back after flowering.
Generally pest and disease free.
Sow seed in situ, in spring for early summer colour or in the autumn for late spring blooms. Thin out seedlings to 4in (10cm) apart. Protect autumn sowings from frost.
The main variety available in the UK is L. douglasii (California). Height 6in (15cm), spacing 4-8in (10 to 20cm).