Layia Plant Growing & Care Guide for Gardeners

In this Gardener's HQ guide, we'll explore cultivating Layia plants in your garden, indoor spaces, and other settings.

Tidy Tips: Cultivation & Garden Use

Members of the Layia genus are bushy hardy annuals that reach an height of 45 to 60 cm (18 to 24 inches).

They carry yellow daisy-like flowers and have a foliage of greyish green.

Layia platyglossa
Layia platyglossa by Joedecruyenaere.

Layia bloom from the end of spring through to autumn The common names for Layia include Tidy tips.

Coastal tidy tips
Layia platyglossa - Coastal tidy tips by Franco Folini; creative commons.

Layia Growing and Care Guide

Common Names: Tidy Tips: Coastal; Sierra; Tall; Beach; Smooth; Woodland; White Daisy: Pale Yellow.
Family: Asteraceae.
Life Cycle: Hardy annual.
Height: 18 to 50 inches (45 to 130 cm).
Native: North America.
Growing Region: Zones 3 to 10.
Flowers: Spring to autumn.
Flower Details: Yellow, white. Daisy-like ray and disc florets.
Foliage: Green. Oval. Linear. Lanceolate. Toothed.
Sow Outside: 1/8 inch (3 mm). One sowing after the last frost and one in June. Spacing 4 to 18 inches (10 to 45 cm).
Sow Inside: Germination time: one to five weeks. Temperature 70°F (21°C). Seven or eight weeks in advance. Transplant outdoors following the last frost.
Requirements: Full sunlight or partial shade. Good drainage. Soil pH 5 to 7.5. Light soils. Monthly feed. Regular watering.

How to Grow Tidy Tips, Layia

Tidy tips should be sown following the last frost of spring, or in late summer for a late bloom in warm climates. Sow at a depth of 3 mm (1/8 inch).

Layia plants such as Tidy tips can grow in either a sunny or partially shaded location that has good drainage.

Tidy tips has a preference for a light soil of pH 5 to 8.

If starting Tidy tips off indoors, then it should be started about seven weeks before due to be grown outdoors.

It will take from one to five weeks to germinate at 21 to 24 degrees centigrade (70 to 75°F).

Once ready, plants should be planted outdoors following the last frost of spring at a distance of 10 to 20 cm (4 to 8 inches; small Layia species) to 35 cm apart (14 inches; large varieties).

Caring for Layia plants such as Tidy Tips

Once growing, Tidy tips (Layia) should be watered regularly and will require to be fed a fertilizer every month.

Common Questions

How many members does the Layia genus have?

The Layia genus contains 13 species. These plants, often referred to as 'tidytips,' are known for their daisy-like flowers with yellow tips.

Do members of Layia make a good garden or landscaping plant?

Yes, Layia species can be wonderful additions to gardens, offering a charming burst of color. They're especially popular in wildflower gardens or meadows.

Which Layia species are most frequently grown by gardeners?

The species most frequently grown is Layia platyglossa (Tidy-Tips), admired for its bright yellow flowers with distinct white tips.

Are members of the Layia plant genus fragrant?

Layia plants are not primarily known for their fragrance. Their main attraction is the vibrant color of their flowers.

What is the perfect location to grow Layia?

Layia prefers sunny locations with well-drained soil. It's also tolerant of poor soils and drought, making it a versatile choice.

Is Layia invasive in the USA, if so in which states?

Currently, Layia species are not considered invasive in the USA.

How do I remove Layia plants from my garden?

To remove Layia, simply dig up the entire plant, making sure to get all roots to prevent it from re-growing.


The Layia genus, belonging to the Asteraceae family, comprises annuals native to western North America. Known for their daisy-like flowers, these plants are often used in meadows and are commonly referred to as tidy tips.

Layia prefers full sun and well-drained soil. It is drought-tolerant once established. Propagation is typically achieved through seeds, sown in the spring after the danger of frost has passed.

I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Layia plants. You may also enjoy the following Gardener's HQ growing guides: How to grow Ursinia, Aloe vera, Erigeron plant, and Arctotis plants.