About Hairy Puccoon: Because of the deep red dye that can be extracted from its roots, this plant was once valued by Native American tribes such as the Algonquian and Powhatan. The common name “puccoon” comes from the Powhatan word “poughkone,” meaning “dye.”
Hairy Puccoon Germination: Direct sow in late fall, planting just below the surface of the soil. For spring planting, mix the seed with moist sand and store it in the refrigerator for 30 days before planting; keep the soil lightly moist until germination. Since these plants do not transplant well and are semi-parasitic, starting them indoors may not be successful.
Growing Hairy Puccoon Seeds: Seedlings may need to be watered occasionally, though mature plants tolerate drought very well and flourish in light, sandy soil. These plants develop slowly and may not reach their full growth until their second year. These plants made excellent additions to rock gardens.
Harvesting Hairy Puccoon: These blossoms do not perform well as cut flowers, and are best enjoyed outdoors.
Saving Hairy Puccoon Seeds: As soon as the flowers fade and the seed heads develop, cut the heads and spread them out to dry away from direct sunlight. The dark seeds will continue ripening and eventually separate from the husk. Store the cleaned seed in a cool, dry place.
Detailed Hairy Puccoon Info: Origin: US Native Wildflower Other Common Names: Carolina Puccoon, Indian Paint, Golden Puccoon, Plains Puccoon Duration: Perennial Bloom Time: Early Spring Height: 6-12 inches Spacing: 12-15 inches Light: Full Sun to Part Shade Soil Moisture: Dry USDA Zone: 2a-8b Seeds Per Oz: 2000 Produces a plant with narrow, hairy leaves and 1/2” five petaled golden flowers.