About Poached Egg Plant: This native species was first discovered by David Douglas, a Scottish botanist commissioned to collect native American plants suitable for the gardens of Great Britain. The species name “douglasii” honors his discovery, while the genus name Limnanthes means “marsh flower” because of this plant’s preference for moist soil. This fragrant butterfly magnet has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s prestigious Award of Garden Merit.
Poached Egg Plant Germination: Direct sow in fall for the earliest blooms, or after the last spring frost for early summer bloom. Plant more every several weeks for continuous flowers. These plants can also be started indoors in peat pots; sow just below the surface of the soil, keeping it evenly moist and at a temperature of 65-70 degrees F. Germination usually occurs within 15-20 days. Transplant outdoors as soon as they can safely be handled and there is no chance of frost.
Growing Poached Egg Plant Seeds: Keep the soil moist but not soggy. This plant self-seeds freely, but can be cut back after blooming to prevent spreading. This plant makes an excellent ground cover or border plant, and attracts bees and butterflies.
Harvesting Poached Egg Plant: These blooms make excellent cut flowers. Choose stalks 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 Poached Egg Plant Seeds: After the flowers fade, the seeds will develop; each flower produces five seeds that drop to the ground when ripe. Collect the seeds as soon as they begin to turn brown. Store in a cool, dry place.
Detailed Poached Egg Plant Info: Origin: US Native Wildflower Other Common Names: Fried Egg Plant, Douglas’ Meadowfoam Duration: Annual Bloom Time: Spring to Summer Height: 6-12 in Spacing: 10-12 in Light: Full Sun Soil Moisture: Wet to Medium USDA Zone: 3a-9b Seeds Per Oz: 5400 Produces a low, fragrant plant with abundant small white flowers with yellow centers.