BARTONIA (Blazing Star)

If you have sandy soil, this easy-to-grow plant is an excellent choice. The glistening yellow flowers are 2 in. across and are borne in profusion throughout the summer. The feathery stamens and golden petals give the plant the appearance of a miniature St. John’s Wort, and this annual from California to be much more widely grown.
VARIETIES: You will find Blazing Star listed in the catalogues as Bartonia aurea, although its modern latin name is Ment-zelia lindleyi. The succulent stems bear long, much-divided leaves and the flowers are slighty fragrant. The only drawback is seen in dull weather – the flowers close when the sun isn’t shining.
SITE & SOIL: Thrives best in dry, sandy soil and an open, sunny situation.
PLANT DETAILS: Height 1 ½ ft. Spacing 9 in. Flowering period June – September.
PROPAGATION: Sow seeds in April where they are to flower. Thin to required spacing.