Tassel Flower (Emilia coccinea 'Irish Poet')

Botanical names:
Emilia coccinea Accepted
Emilia sonchifolia var. javanica Synonym
Emilia javanica Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Plant Height: 1.5-2 feet
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Propagation: Seeds: Needs specific temperature: 60-70 F
Days to germinate: 7-14 days
Depth to plant seed: 1/16 inch
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Plant out 8" apart.


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Posted by bxncbx (NYC - Zone 7a) on Dec 27, 2018 8:43 AM

I grew Irish Poet in 2018. I had it planted in a large container that had previously held a miniature azalea. The plant grows quite large but is floppy. I didn't mind this, so I never bothered to stake it. The flowers are tiny but very bright and despite their size are easy to see from quite far away. This plant is a prolific re-seeder! I let the plant set seed and had many new seedlings pop up in the surrounding pots. I don't believe I had any seedlings come up in the ground. Almost all the seedlings grew quickly enough to bloom themselves the same year! The bees and butterflies loved this plant! If you need an annual to quickly cover an area, bloom for a long time and is useful to pollinators this plant is for you!

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Tassel Flower by gardeningal Dec 5, 2015 12:41 PM 0
Seeds collected 2018 by piksihk Sep 24, 2018 8:44 PM 16
Tassel Flower Question by ArtD Mar 30, 2016 8:52 PM 14

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