The Poached Egg Flower

The Poached Egg Flower
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The Poached Egg FlowerThe poached egg flower is not just an annual with a charming name, it's also a beneficial friend to our gardens. Limnanthes douglasii, also known as Poached Egg Flower, Common Meadowfoam, Douglas' Meadowfoam attracts hoverflies which will eat aphids, and it also improves soil fertility.

This lovely plant only grows to about 6 inches and has small sunny yellow blooms with a white edge all around the bloom. It's actually much prettier than a poached egg, but the colors inspired the name. You can also find an all yellow variety (Var. sulphurea).

Sow seed in fall or spring where you want it to grow. The location needs to be fairly moist, or at least an area you can water regularly so it doesn't dry out. In it's native habitat poached egg flowers are located near streams and other moist areas. Light is needed for good germination, so cover with a small amount of sand or soil, and keep moist.

You may need to protect the seeds from birds with screen or other mesh. The plants will have a spread of about 8 inches. They also need full sun, and reseed easily. If you are worried about too many seeds, just deadhead most of the plants and leave a few to seed. It is one of those plants that need sun, but yet it needs cool roots.

Poached egg flowers bloom 8-10 weeks from sowing. You can grow them in pots by thinning to 5 seedlings per a 6 or 8 inch pot. Plant with nasturtiums for a pretty display.



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Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at


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