I’ve long been a fan of golden lace (Patrinia scabiosifolia), and then white patrinia (P. villosa), so I jumped at the chance to try this one. I acquired the seeds as P. punctiflora, but P. monandra seems to be the preferred name now. The plants look basically similar to the other species, with basal rosettes of jagged leaves and slender, upright, branching stems, carrying flattened clusters of small flowers. Here at Hayefield, this is the earliest species to bloom, starting in late July or early August, and tends to be shorter, topping out at about 3 to 4 feet. It starts with tiny yellow buds and small yellow-turning-white flowers, then develops a more chartreuse-y look overall as the seedpods begin to develop, extending the period of interest through fall. The overall habit sets this one apart from the others: Instead of flowering just up high, the clusters appear at many different levels. I have read that the species may be a biennial or short-lived perennial, and that matches my experience with it; in a given year, about half of my plants die in fall and the other half go on for another year, at least. Apparently the species can self-sow to perpetuate itself, so you may not need to replant if you let it go to seed. Full sun to light shade. Reportedly hardy in Zones 5 to 9.
Collected in October 2022. At least 20 seeds.
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