Native to Chile. This old-fashioned favorite is more often shared among gardeners than sold in nurseries. Large, wavy-edged leaves to 6 in. long grow in a rosette 1–2 ft. high and wide (and spreading wider by rhizomes). Graceful, slender stems rise 2–3 ft. above the foliage in midsummer, with upper portions carrying spikes of many small white blossoms, sometimes blushed pink or marked with deep pink.
A selection sold as ‘Rogerson’s Form’ is compact, with dark pink blooms. F. sonchifolia is similar but bears light pink flowers, usually with deep pink markings. Some botanists believe that all maiden’s wreaths belong to a single highly variable species. Excellent cut flowers.
In just a few years, one plant increases sufficiently in size to let you divide and replant fresh new segments from the clump’s outside edges. Needs rich, well-drained soil. Best with dappled shade all day or with sun for half the day.
Early to midseason. Red single flowers bloom freely in winter.
Native to the Coast Ranges from Northern California to Oregon. Grows as a loose clump of blue-green or...
‘Mandalay Queen’ has very large semidouble pink flowers with fluted petals.