How to Grow Patrinia Plants

Patrinia Plants are hardy perennials that range in height from 20 to 60 cm (8 to 24 inches).

They bloom in the early months of spring, carrying clustered tiny golden or white flowers.

The smaller varieties of Patrinia are ideal for use in the rock garden. Whilst the larger ones are good for beds and borders.

Patrinia villosa
Patrinia villosa - 01 by Kabacchi.

Patrinia Growing and Care Guide

  • Common Names: Patrinia.
  • Life Cycle: Hardy perennial.
  • Height: 18 to 66 inches (45—168 cm).
  • Native: Mountainous regions of Eastern Asia.
  • Growing Region: Zones 5 to 8.

  • Flowers: Early spring or summer dependent upon species.
  • Flower Details: White, gold, yellow. Tiny. Panicles carried on long stems.
  • Foliage: Basel clump. Herbaceous. Oblong through ovate. Toothed.

  • Sow Outside: Cover seed. Start of spring - before the last frost, or towards the end of autumn. Seeds sown in the autumn will bloom the following summer.
  • Sow Inside: Germination time: 1—2 weeks. Temperature: ~63°F (17°C). Two months in advance. Transplant outdoors before the last frost or late in autumn. Spacing 12 to 24 inches (30—60 cm).

  • Requirements and care: Full sunlight with partial shade in hot areas (Patrinia scabiosifolia) to light shade for other genera members. Good drainage. Rich humus based soil for best results, will grow in average soils. Moist soil. Light soil. Regular watering (medium). Has strong stems, but may need support. Propagate: by dividing in the autumn. Self-seeds; dead-head flowers before setting seed to prevent spread.
  • Family: Caprifoliaceae.
  • Closely Related Species: Honeysuckles.
  • Miscellaneous: Invasive in some areas. Can be a host for daylily rust. Delicate plant that can be used at the front of a border.

How to Grow Patrinia

If you plan to grow Patrinia outdoor from seeds, then it is best to sow the seeds either before the last frost of spring or towards the end of autumn.

Once sown, lightly cover the seeds. Plants are able to grow in sunny and lightly shaded locations. They have a preference for a soil that is light, moist, and rich.

If first growing seedlings in the greenhouse, then start about two months in advance.

The young seedlings can be put out into the garden either before the last frost of spring or in late autumn.

It should take about 9 or 10 days for the Patrinia seeds to germinate at about 15 to 18 degrees centigrade (59 to 64°F). Once ready transplant the seedlings with a spacing of about 15 to 30 cm apart (6 to 12 inches; small Patrinia species) or 30 to 45 cm apart (12 to 18 inches; larger varieties).

Caring for Patrinia

When growing Patrinia plants. it is best to water regularly to ensure that the soil remains moist.

If you require more plants, but do not want to grow from seed, then they can also be propagated through division in the autumn.

Common Questions

How many members does the Patrinia genus contain?

The Patrinia genus contains 17 species of herbaceous plants.

Do Patrinia members make a good garden or landscaping plant?

Yes, Patrinia plants with their bright yellow or white flowers make a charming addition to gardens and landscapes, especially as accent plants in borders or wild gardens.

Which Patrinia species are most frequently grown by gardeners?

The most commonly grown species by gardeners is Patrinia scabiosifolia, often called the golden valerian.

Are Patrinia plants fragrant?

No, Patrinia plants are typically not known for their fragrance.

What is the perfect location to grow Patrinia?

Patrinia prefers full sun to part shade and moist, well-drained soil.

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

Currently, Patrinia is not classified as invasive in the USA.

How do I remove Patrinia plants from my garden?

Removing Patrinia involves uprooting the entire plant, ensuring all roots are also removed to prevent regrowth.


The Patrinia genus, part of the Caprifoliaceae family, consists of herbaceous perennials known for their clusters of small, usually yellow flowers. They are native to Eastern Asia, including China and Japan.

Patrinia plants prefer a location with full sun or partial shade and require well-drained soil. Planting is usually done in spring or autumn. Their cheerful flowers and general hardiness make them a good choice for beds and borders in a variety of garden styles.

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