Surface sow and gently rake in.
Start indoors 6-8 weeks before planting out. Stratify at 35-40°F for 2-4 weeks, then move to warmth, about 68°F.
Direct sow 2-3 weeks before last frost.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Patrinia is a member of the same family as garden heliotrope (Valerianacea) and shares the flower structure of loose, flat-topped sprays displayed at the tops of sparsely-leaved sturdy stems. The whole effect is a haze of acid yellow flowers in the back border. Good partners are other airy flowers such as tall verbena, early fall asters, sturdy zinnias in hues of orange, red and purple, willowy grasses, salvias, and so much more! Trim in June to encourage a more compact form for the mid border. Especially effective growing in ribbons or drifts. A sometimes short-lived perennial that self-sows modestly, it also is an excellent cut flower and is deer and rabbit resistant too! Self-sows.
Mix in a few inches of compost prior to planting. If soil is poor, supplement with an organic granular or liquid fertilizer once per month.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Cut when florets are 1/2 to 3/4 open.