Patrinia scabiosifolia (Golden Lace) [25 Seeds]

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Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-sowers only, because they can require some experimentation and patience. In my experience, the easiest way to grow golden lace from seed is to sow from October through February or March and leave it outdoors, in a spot protected from mice, to germinate when conditions are right in spring. The ideal sprouting temperature range seems to be 50° to 60°F.

If you sow from March through summer, germination may be more challenging. Some sources say that the seeds should germinate in 1 to 3 months at 68°F ( However, two sources say to give a short cold period first ( and Another says to give a cold period if no germination after 3 to 4 weeks (

A bit of new information: On March 1, 2021, I sowed some of my 2020 Patrinia scabiosifolia seeds on a moist paper towel, slipped it into a plastic bag, and set it in a warm (75° to 80°F) spot under lights, and the seeds started to germinate on March 4 (just 3 days later!)—no cold period needed.

Once you get golden lace to flower in your garden, the plants may self-sow.

Note that this information will not appear on the seed packet you receive.

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This uncommon perennial is known by the common name golden lace, golden valerian, or simply patrinia. Open umbels of small, bright yellow flowers bloom in late summer to early fall atop 4- to 6-foot-tall stems. They look terrific with the rich purple blooms of ironweeds (Vernonia) or softer purple Brazilian vervain (Verbena bonariensis), as well as tall, orange-flowered companions like sulfur cosmos (Cosmos suphureus) and Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia). As a bonus feature, the leaves turn shades of orange and red in fall. Full sun to partial shade. Reportedly hardy in Zones 4 to 9.

For more information on this beautiful perennial, please visit the post “One Plant, Three Seasons: Patrinia scabiosifolia” on my blog.

Harvested in October 2020. At least 25 seeds.

Please read the germination information as well before ordering.

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1 review for Patrinia scabiosifolia (Golden Lace) [25 Seeds]

  1. Claire Casstevens (verified owner)

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    I had tons of success sowing this earlier in the summer as well as a few weeks ago.

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