CATHCARTIA (MECONOPSIS) VILLOSA
A choice and extremely desirable perennial poppy with golden-haired rosettes of leaves with many stems carrying wide, nodding, open globes of bright yellow in the leaf axils. Very rarely offered, famous gardener Graham Stuart Thomas sums it up thus, "superbly beautiful".
Seeds can be sown at any time, but for a full season of growth are best sown in trays in early spring. Cover seeds thinly in a cool spot, artificial heat is rarely needed as this can cause rapid germination and fungal attack. Seedlings usually appear within 3 to 6 weeks but can take much longer. Pot on into small pots and protect from hot sun. Plant out into a shaded, moist, peaty or organic soil. Many are herbaceous, dying down to a large, resting, winter bud.