Common Name: windflower
Zone: 5 to 8
Height: 0.50 to 0.75 feet
Spread: 0.25 to 0.50 feet
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: Blue, white, pink, purplish red
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Suggested Use: Naturalize
Flower: Showy, Good Cut
Tolerate: Deer, Black Walnut
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Soak tubers in water overnight before planting. Plant 2.5-3” deep and 4-5” apart in fall. Although called windflowers, these plants will do best if sheltered from the wind. Keep moist throughout the growing season. Plants will naturalize by both tuberous rhizomes and by self-seeding (new seedlings bloom the second year). May be planted in containers, but should be moved into a permanent spot in the garden in the fall of the year. Plants go dormant after flowering.
Grecian windflowers are tuberous rooted plants that bloom in early spring. They typically grow to only 4-6” tall and feature daisy-like flowers. Species flowers (2” diameter) are dark blue, featuring 9-14 showy petal-like sepals, but no petals (apetulous). Additional flower colors of white, pink and reddish purple are available in somewhat taller cultivars that grow to as much as 8-12” tall. Foliage is deeply cut and fern-like.
Leaf spot and rhizome rot are infrequently reported problems.
Mix and mass for an excellent, early-blooming variety of colors for the rock garden, perennial border, wild garden or naturalized open woodland area. Excellent in large drifts under spring flowering trees.