Chocolate Daisy Flower
Deliciously fragrant! It truly has the essence of cocoa. A captivating wildflower native to the southwestern United States with chocolate-scented yellow daisy-like flowers that rise above the gray-green foliage in an airy manner. Blooming throughout the summer the nectar-rich flowers and seed heads attract pollinators and birds. Plants are low maintenance, drought-tolerant, prefer full sun and average, well-drained soil. Grows 12-24”.
Perennial, Zones 4-9
Germination: 30-60 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 60-70ºF
Seed Planting Depth: Sow on the surface and press into soil, seeds need light to germinate
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Provide 60-70ºF soil temperature for germination. Transplant after the last frost, 12-15” apart
Sowing Outdoors: Direct sow 1-2 weeks before the last frost. Space a few seeds every 12” apart
Growth Habit: Low mounds slowly spreading
Height and Width: 12-24” x 12-24”
Spacing: 12-15” apart
Light Needs: Full sun
Soil Needs: Average, well-drained.
Approximate days to flower from seed: 100-120 days the first season when started early indoors
Uses: Flower beds, back of the border, attracts beneficial insects, butterflies, and birds. Plant along walkways or in large groups to experience the most fragrance.
Care: Water seedlings regularly until established. Deadhead to encourage more flower production or leave some seed heads for the birds.