Patrinia scabiosifolia - Golden Lace,
This is a very beautiful and trouble-free plant for
open sunny dry areas.
The blooming period starts in July and continues
past mid August. It displays a multitude of small
golden yellow scented flowers on 3-4' stalks.
With some extra water during dry periods, it may
grow another foot without it falling over. We never
give Patrinia any fertilizer.
Many kinds of insects frequent these flowers and
I have counted at least 6 different types of bees
on a single umbel.
A stout plant, Golden valerian holds up against strong
winds and the dried flowers are stunning in contrast
Ideal conditions: average soil;
full sun; well drained soil; tolerant of heat and
humidity; tolerates dry soil, but thrives in loamy
Ideas and companions:
Flowers: small bright yellow flowers
in clusters; blooms for weeks; up yo 150 cm (60")
in height; mid-summer to fall
Coldest zone: 5 (find your zone;
further info on plant hardiness)
Season of interest: from midsummer to frost
Native to: east Asia