Grecian Windflower flowers
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Height: 12 inches
Spread: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4
Other Names: Winter Windflower
This variety produces a lovely, low growing mat of purple blue daisy flowers in spring when little else blooms; attractive, finely cut leaves disappear soon after flowering; requires dry dormancy after blooming and prefers sandy soil
Grecian Windflower has masses of beautiful blue daisy flowers with violet overtones and buttery yellow eyes at the ends of the stems from early to mid spring, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its deeply cut round leaves remain emerald green in color throughout the season.
Grecian Windflower is a dense herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Grecian Windflower is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Grecian Windflower will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen! As this plant tends to go dormant in summer, it is best interplanted with late-season bloomers to hide the dying foliage.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.