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Patrinia scabiosifolia

Patrinia scabiosifolia
Patrinia scabiosifolia


Patrinia scabiosifolia - Golden Lace, Golden Valerian

This is a very beautiful and trouble-free plant for open sunny dry areas.

The blooming period starts in July and continues past mid August. It displays a multitude of small golden yellow scented flowers on 3-4' stalks.

With some extra water during dry periods, it may grow another foot without it falling over. We never give Patrinia any fertilizer.

Many kinds of insects frequent these flowers and I have counted at least 6 different types of bees on a single umbel.

A stout plant, Golden valerian holds up against strong winds and the dried flowers are stunning in contrast to snow.

Ideal conditions: average soil; full sun; well drained soil; tolerant of heat and humidity; tolerates dry soil, but thrives in loamy humus soil

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Height: 3-6'

Foliage: fern-like

Flowers: small bright yellow flowers in clusters; blooms for weeks; up yo 150 cm (60") in height; mid-summer to fall

Coldest zone: 5 (find your zone; further info on plant hardiness)

Season of interest: from midsummer to frost

Native to: east Asia