How to Grow Patrinia Plants

Patrinia are hardy perennials that range in height from 20 to 60 cm.

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.

Quick 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.
  • 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 conditions and has 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. Once ready transplant the seedlings 15 to 30cm apart (small Patrinia species) or 30 to 45cm apart (larger varieties).

Caring for Patrinia

When growing Patrinia it is best to water regularly to ensure that the soil remains moist. If you require more plants and do not want to grow from seed then they can be propagated by division in the autumn.

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