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Layia platyglossa

Tidy tips

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy annual

Flower colour

White, Yellow





Skill level


photo by Lynn Keddie, copyright GAP Photos (130497)

Plant details

Although similar to pot marigolds, tidy tips produces bold yellow flowers with white tips. It looks particularly good planted with other hardy annuals and grasses in naturalised drifts. It's also particularly good for filling gaps in the herbaceous border while larger plants establish. It's easy to grow from seed outdoors and will provide a good show, even in the poorest soils. The flowers last well when cut and should keep going all summer. Grow tidy tips from seed, sown outdoors in spring or autumn.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Layia

Species: platyglossa

Plant type: Hardy annual

Flower colour: White, Yellow

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 50cm

Spread: 40cm

Time to plant seeds: February to April

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