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Grecian Windflower, Greek Thimbleweed
Grecian windflower is a diminutive spring ephemeral from southeastern Europe. In early spring its cheerful, daisy-like flowers appear on compact stems above triads of ferny three-parted leaves. The solitary blooms open wide in bright sun to reveal a central eye of yellow stamens. A white halo may rim the flower's center. Soon after bloom, plants die back for the season. They are borne from underground tuberous rhizomes that spread to form clumps. The tubers are black and irregularly shaped.
This sun-loving, wind-tolerant perennial is great for naturalizing in open woodland beds or exposed borders with well-drained, average soil. In addition to spreading by tubers, plants self-sow. Cultivars may interbreed and produce less colorful, hybrid seedlings. Grecian windflowers may also be planted in containers, brought indoors and forced into winter bloom.
There are many colorful windflower cultivars available. Some of the more exceptional selections are the fair, blue plants in the Blue Shades mix and pink-flowered 'Charmer'.
8 - 1
5 - 8
2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Bulb or Corm or Tuber
Full Sun, Partial Sun
3"-7" / 7.6cm - 17.8cm
4"-6" / 10.2cm - 15.2cm
Early Spring, Spring, Late Winter
Eastern Europe, Southern Europe
White, Blue, Pink, Blue Violet
Green, Dark Green
Bedding Plant, Container, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower
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