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|Direct Sow/ Plant Out|
- Biennial or Short-lived Perennial
- Cutting Garden
- Neutral - Alkaline
- June-September, the following year from sowing.
- 1.2m (4ft)
- Common name
- Full Sun
- 30cm (12in)
- Sow direct May-July, where they are to flower. Sow thinly on the surface as light is required for germination. Seeds should germinate as the soil warms up the following spring. Thin seedlings to a final spacing of 30cm.
A naturalised wildflower with extremely fragrant, long, slender, wavering spires holding tufted primrose flower heads. Traditionally grown for use as a natural dye, alongside woad and madder, weld was also grown for the sweet honey scent of its flowers which the Victorians used in arrangements and perfumery to cover up unsavoury smells. Pollinated by bees and butterflies, they are excellent plants for attracting wildlife.
Requires little aftercare except watering during dry spells. May require support. Will self-seed freely, remove seedheads if you do not want it to spread.