Poached Egg Plant

Limnanthes douglasii

The plant usually bears white flowers with yellow centers, hence the name "poached egg plant", but flower color can vary across subspecies. It is a popular ornamental plant. It is low-growing spreading into a mat of green foliage covered with flowers. Grow along pathways or edges of beds, or near tall plants like sweet corn or tomatoes.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Fruiting time

Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Seed

Sow in situ in spring or autumn, but protect in autumn from frost by using a good mulch. Broadcast sow and cover with 1cm of soil.

Special features

Attracts useful insects

Special features

Origin

North America, California, Oregon

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Limnanthaceae

Flower colour

White with yellow centers

Scent

Mild

Problems

Generally problem free
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