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Limnanthes douglasii

Poached egg plant

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Limnanthes douglasii
  • Common name: Poached egg plant
  • Family: Limnanthaceae
  • Plant Type: Annual
Flower colour:

Yellow

Foliage colour:

Green

Poached egg plant, Limnanthes douglasii, bears bright white and yellow cup-shaped flowers, reminiscent of poached eggs. It’s a fantastic choice for using as ground cover, particularly edging paths, and is an asset in the vegetable garden as it attracts a wide range of pollinators and insect predators. It will self-seed freely and naturalise around the garden.

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Grow Limnanthes douglasii in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

How to grow Limnanthes douglasii

  • Plant size

    15cm height

    15cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sow
Sow

Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

Do not Sow in March

Do Sow in April

Do Sow in May

Do Sow in June

Do Sow in July

Do not Sow in August

Do not Sow in September

Do not Sow in October

Do not Sow in November

Do not Sow in December

Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Limnanthes douglasii and wildlife

Limnanthes douglasii is known for attracting bees, beneficial insects and other pollinators. It nectar-pollen-rich-flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Attractive to Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Attractive to Other pollinators

Is Limnanthes douglasii poisonous?

Limnanthes douglasii has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People