About Tidy-Tips: This bright wildflower can be found throughout the southwestern states of California, Utah, and Arizona, The common name "tidy tips" is derived from this flower's unusual yellow petals, which each have a neatly painted tip of white. The genus name "platyglossa" comes from Greek words meaning "broad-tongued," referring to the appearance of the foliage.
Tidy-Tips Germination: In mild winters, direct sow in late fall on the surface of the soil. In colder climates, direct sow in early spring after the last frost. Do not cover the seed, since it needs light to germinate. Germination usually occurs within 6-10 days at the optimum temperature of 65-70 degrees F. Higher temperatures can prevent germination. This seed can be started indoors, though the young plants must be transplanted early to avoid disturbing the sensitive roots.
Growing Tidy-Tips Seeds: Water young plants occasionally as they become established, and control aggressive weeds to prevent unhealthy competition. Mature plants do not require much attention and will tolerate some drought, though they do not grow well in soggy soil or humid conditions. For the most abundant blooms, avoid fertilizing. This plant grows well in clay soil and coastal areas, and will readily reseed itself. As well as being a good choice for prairie plantings, this plant performs well in containers or as a border plant.
Harvesting Tidy-Tips: These blossoms make excellent cut flowers. Choose stems with flowers that have just opened, and place them in water immediately. Strip the foliage that will fall below the surface of the water.
Saving Tidy-Tips Seeds: After blooming, this plant will produce fluffy dandelion-like seed heads. Remove the seed heads promptly, since they will easily blow away as well as being a feast for small birds. Clean the seed as well as possible and store it in a cool, dry place.
Detailed Tidy-Tips Info: Origin: US Native Wildflower Other Common Names: Coastal Tidytips Duration: Annual Bloom Time: Summer Height: 6-12 inches Spacing: 4-8 inches Light: Full Sun to Part Shade Soil Moisture: Dry USDA Zone: 3a-9b Seeds Per Oz: 23,000 Produces a compact plant with narrow, hairy leaves and an abundance of 2" bright yellow, daisy-like flowers with neat white tips on each petal.