Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater This plant is resistant to deer
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse From seed; sow indoors before last frost From seed; direct sow after last frost
Seed Collecting: Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
I was not expecting to see this reseed itself after the harsh winter we had here in Michigan '09. While I adore this flower I see the potential for it to become weedy in spots I don't want it e.g. where the dog might eat it accidentally while grazing.
2012 update(3 years later) while we did have reseeds in following years there haven't been any this year, maybe due to drought conditions in S.E. michigan.
On Dec 3, 2004, boxmonkey from Gainesville, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:
Some might call this plant a weed, but I love it. It occurred naturally in my back yard and appears to be a perennial in Zone 8a. I have never had to water it, even in the dry season.
The best thing about the tassel flower by far is that it's a veritable butterfly magnet - if it's light out, there's guaranteed to be at least a few butterflies on it. A variety of different grasshopper species also seem to enjoy eating the seeds, which I don't mind because these flowers also produce seeds en masse. I'm going to plant some in my front yard soon.
On Aug 4, 2001, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:
Tassel flower is an old fashioned annual with bright tufts that look a lot like a paint brush above wiry stems. Colors may include red, orange, or gold. Wonderful in a cottage garden and provides a lot of bright color through the summer. It's an easy plant to grow from seeds and may be sown directly in the garden in mid-May. For an earlier start, sow 6 weeks before your last frost date. Plant seedlings out in spring after the danger of frost has past.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Ashdown, Arkansas Berkeley, California El Sobrante, California Bartow, Florida Hawthorne, Florida North De Land, Florida East Newnan, Georgia Barbourville, Kentucky Cloverly, Maryland Allen Park, Michigan Albuquerque, New Mexico Cincinnati, Ohio Riverside, Ohio Ashley, Pennsylvania Columbia, South Carolina Christiana, Tennessee Garland, Texas Kalama, Washington