A tremendous garden plant, this plant of the open grasslands of southern Europe is almost like an achillea in growth habit making evergreen basal rosettes of dark green, much dissected, parsley-like leaves. Quite early in the spring, stiff leafy stems, up to a metre in height, carry wide heads of white, yellow-eyed daisies which will repeat flower several times in the summer if spent flower stems are removed. It is truly a perfect, tough, sun-loving, drought-tolerant plant.
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.