Free-flowering plants bear a multitude of lacy flower heads 5-6" across. Flowers can be dyed in an assortment of colors. Also known as lace flower, false bishop's weed, large bullwort, and bishop's weed.
* Attracts and supports beneficial insects such as lacewings, lady beetles, minute pirate bugs, syrphid flies, and parasitic wasps.
CAUTION: The milky sap of this plant may cause irritation in sensitive individuals. Exercise caution when harvesting. The purchaser assumes all liabilities relating to the use of this product.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: Direct Seed: 12-16 days at 60-65°F (16-18°C). Transplant: 7-14 days at 68-86°F (20-30°C) alternating day and night temperatures.
SOWING: Make 2-3 successive sowings 2 weeks apart for a continuous summer harvest. Support may be needed if grown in windy areas. Direct seed (recommended): Sow seed thinly in rows, covering lightly, in early spring after the last heavy frost. In the South, sow in the fall. Transplant: Chill seed at 40-45°F (5-8°C) for 1-2 weeks prior to sowing. Sow 4-5 weeks before planting out. Grow at 58-62°F (4-17°C) to establish seedlings. When first true leaves appear, transplant into larger containers. Harden off and transplant outdoors after the last frost.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Average, well-drained soil. Will tolerate dry soil.
PLANT SPACING: 9-12".
HARDINESS ZONES: Annual.
HARVEST:Fresh: When approximately 80% of flowers in the umbel are open and there is no hint of pollen shed. Harvesting before 80% of flowers are open tends to reduce the uptake of water and cause the flowers to wilt. Dried: When the flowers are fully open and with no hint of pollen shed.
USES: Excellent cut flower. Backs of beds and borders.