I’m always on the lookout for new plants to enhance my fall garden, so when I found seeds of Patrinia villosa—basically, a white form of the bright yellow golden lace (Patrinia scabiosifolia)–I knew I had to try it. The plant form is similar, starting with a leafy basal rosette and ending with upright stems that branch toward the top, carrying flat clusters of many small blooms. White patrinia seems to be a be shorter, though–more like 3 feet here, as opposed to 5 to 6 feet for golden lace. And, as indicated by the name, the flowers are white, not yellow, taking on pinkish tints as the seeds form. Starting its show in September here (though other sources say it starts flowering in July), it’s very pretty with many other late-flowering companions, including asters (Symphyotrichum), garden phlox (Phlox paniculata), and seashore mallow (Kosteletzkya virginica). Full sun to light shade. Reportedly hardy in Zones 5 to 8.
Harvested in mid October 2021. At least 20 seeds.
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