Limnanthes douglasii

Poached egg plant

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Flower colour

White, Yellow



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Plant details

This compact annual has pretty, cup-shaped flowers and will grow in almost any soil in a sunny spot. Its yellow-centred flowers with white-tipped petals give it the apt name of the poached egg plant. It's an asset in the vegetable garden as a companion plant to attract hoverflies which will feed on aphids and pollinate plants. It will spread and self-seed freely.

Family: Limnanthaceae

Genus: Limnanthes

Species: douglasii

Flower colour: White, Yellow

Foliage colour: Light green

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 15cm

Spread: 50cm

Time to plant seeds: March to April

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