This wonderful rare and lovely Japanese plant of the valerian family is an absolute stunner with attractive, discreetly low, scabious-like foliage and a long display of cadmium yellow plates of blossoms from July until October. Very few people ever guess its identity. The tall stems are excellent for cutting and last well indoors and the flowers are attractive to butterflies and bees.
For best results, sow immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. We sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination, as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, often waiting for natural spring germination, hence giving them a full season of growth.
Common name:Yellow Patrinia, Ominaeshi