An aromatic herb with showy flowers and an intoxicating perfume reminiscent of tropical fruit salads.
The amazing fragrance attracts great interest and it is an elegant plant for the summer border. The flowers open in the morning or evening, closing when exposed to bright sunligh.
The Madia elegans plant is native to western North America from south-central Washington (state) to northern Baja California. It may be found in dry open forest, disturbed areas and grasslands from low to high elevations.
Madia elegans is covered with short, stiff hairs. Glands are borne on stalks, especially near the flowers. The showy flower varies in appearance across subspecies and even within subspecies. Typically, it is a bright yellow daisy-like bloom with numerous thin ray flowers and several central disk flowers.
Several strongly scented, uncrowded, flower heads grow at the end of a slender green stem. The ray flowers curl up during the daytime, opening in the late afternoon and staying open all night until mid-morning. It flowers from April through early November Its fruits are achenes which were historically used as food by Native Americans, including the Pomo and Miwok, who baked them or ground them into flour.
The foliage exudes a fragrant oil, hence the common name of tarweed.
Succeeds in any good garden soil. Prefers a deep open sharply drained soil in a sunny position.
Another report says that it is best in a shady position.
The flowers open in the morning or evening, closing when exposed to bright sunligh.
Information source: wikipedia.org.
Genus - Madia
Species - Elegans
Common name - Madia Elegans
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 4 - 10
Height - 0,60 - 0,80 m
Plant type - Hardy Annual Flower
Exposure - Full sun, partial sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acis, neutral, alkaline
Soil type - Sandy, loamy, clay well drained
Water requirements - Average - High
Landscape uses - Elegant plant for the summer border.
Bloom season - April - November
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Bright Yellow
1. Sow from March to May in a prepared seed bed outside.
2. Sow thinly in rows 30 cm apart. Cover lightly with 0.5 cm fine soil. Firm gently, keep moist.
Seedlings will appear in 14-28 days.
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