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Poached egg plant

Limnanthes douglasii

Douglas' meadowfoam(Eng.)

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The plant usually bears white flowers with yellow centers, hence the name "poached egg plant", but flower color can vary across subspecies. It is a popular ornamental plant. It is low-growing spreading into a mat of green foliage covered with flowers. Grow along pathways or edges of beds, or near tall plants like sweet corn or tomatoes.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Seed
Sow in situ in spring or autumn, but protect in autumn from frost by using a good mulch. Broadcast sow and cover with 1cm of soil.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
It attracts hoverflies to the garden to eat the aphids and is well loved by bees.

Geography

Origin
North America, California, Oregon

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Personality

Family
Limnanthaceae
Flower colour
White with yellow centers
Scent
Mild

Problems

Generally problem free

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