Hardiness: USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
On Jun 29, 2012, Emma60 from Grassy Creek, NC (Zone 6a) wrote:
This is one of the prettiest, most welcome little flowers I know of. I discovered it growing on a neighboring property many years ago and dug it up and put it in my garden. It stayed in the same spot (or its seedlings, perhaps) for several years. It never reseeded anywhere else, so invasive is the last word I have for it, and since I didn't have nearly enough in my garden, I would say "evasive" is more like it.
On Apr 22, 2006, SW_gardener from (Zone 6a) wrote:
I've had this coming up in a small area of my garden for a few years now. I don't find it invasive at all....It just stays and reseeds in the same spot every year growing between the other plants. Little orange/red flowers with a bluish eye.
I hope it comes up again this year!
A prostrate, variable annual from Europe but widely naturalised across the Northern Hemishpere.
Has ovate or lanceolate, mid green leaves on prostrate stems. Bears 5 petalled, solitary flowers which are normally a brick/orange red but can be blue, white or a pinkish shade. It may also have a purple, pink or blue eye.
Flowers anywhere between March-October and for many months at a time. They close on rainy days and dull days or at 2pm
Likes a moist, well drained soil in full sun but will tolerate a little shade. Being small it prefers not to have much in the way of taller competition. It grows well in a container or as part of a sunny rock garden.
It was considered an anti-witchcraft plant and was used to remove splinters put in the skin by witches, although why anyone stood long enough to allow witches to do such a thing is beyond me!
This unassuming little plant was also used in the treatment of, eye diseases, epilepsy, depression and other mental problems, toothache, staunch blood, kidney stones and the plague (what plant wasn't used to treat plagues!). You name it and this tiny plant has been used at one time to cure it.
It is still used by professionals (this is not a plant to take without trained professional advice!) in the treatment of kidney stones, epilepsy and jaundice. It has proved helpful in the treatment of depression and other mental illnesses and when I look at the little flower smiling at the sun I have to say it lifts my spirits too.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Amesti, California Las Flores, California Manhattan Beach, California (2 reports) Oak View, California Rancho Palos Verdes, California San Jose, California San Mateo, California West Covina, California Barbourville, Kentucky Cresaptown-bel Air, Maryland Knoxville, Maryland Loch Lynn Heights, Maryland Hamilton, New Jersey Crown Point, New York Henrietta, New York Whitsett, North Carolina Coopersburg, Pennsylvania Laflin, Pennsylvania Millersburg, Pennsylvania Garland, Texas Lufkin, Texas San Antonio, Texas (2 reports) Santa Fe, Texas Uvalde, Texas Lyman, Washington Oroville, Washington