Very rarely seen and seldom offered is this lovely flower from the Mediterranean where it forms a neat rosette of wavy-edged leaves slowly spreading into clumps, and opening continuously over an all-summer-long period, gorgeous, black-eyed, soft lemon-yellow flowers, two inches or so across with beautifully and geometrically arranged petals and a ruff of hairy leaves half way up the flower stems. Although a rare alpine plant it makes a superb rockery or border specimen.
Seeds can be sown at any time but are best sown in winter or early spring to benefit from a cold spell in the wet compost to break their dormancy. We advise covering seeds very thinly with sand or fine grit to about the depth of the seed size. If the seeds do not come up within 6 to 12 weeks the damp seed tray can be given cold treatment in a fridge for about four weeks. They may still take very many months to appear, so please never discard the pot or tray.
Common name:Smooth Golden Fleece