The freckled petals range from golden orange to yellow and flower from midsummer to in some areas can continue into fall when the shiny black seed-heads are produced that resemble a blackberry fruit. Flower stalks can reach up to 3 to 4 foot in height but have read that they can become floppy, though mine seem to contradict this statement, appearing to be quiet sturdy. Varieties do exist with shorter inflorescence but I will endeavour to save some wind fallen branches to weave around the flowers for support, if needed next year. It is a tidy clump forming perennial that slowly spreads but doesn't have ambitions to take over the garden. Old florets are replaced by new ones so there's never any need to divide the clump to reinvigorate growth unless you're looking to expand its territory elsewhere in the garden.
The size of the bloom for both isn't large enough to catch the eye from afar, so you will need to mass it for effect but a flower doesn't needs to slap you in the face to be noticed. I prefer to tuck them around to add a little spice and allow them to develop into larger colonies over time. The bloom is rather short lived, lasting only a day, then coils itself up in an unusal manner before dropping off. More blooms appear in succession so the limited duration of each bloom isn't a negative. Seed can be collected and sown indoors in late winter after stratifying the seed in the refrigerator but it takes away space for the beer. Instead I scattered the seed in late fall and have been rewarded with seedlings appearing under there own steam.
|Old bloom coiled up|
With a fan base to included such people like Thomas Jefferson who grew this perennial at Monticello during his second term as president, too yours truly, The British Gardener, shows that it must be a favorite for anyone destiny for greatness! With such a glorious review how can you deny yourself the luxury of grow it for yourself.