A captivating little plant for the front of the border, tassel flower produces small, scarlet-orange pompons which, when viewed from a distance, seem like they’re floating in air. The flowers cluster at the top of wiry stems that rise from a basal rosette of blue-green leaves. Plants occasionally self-sow when sited in a good location. With its small habit, tassel flower lends itself well to container gardens and fresh-cut flower arrangements, adding an element of whimsy. Its delicate and airy nature looks best with bold-leaved or showy plants in the background, creating a see-through effect. To magnify their magic, mass several plants together.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsThese annuals from the tropics can withstand high heat and humidity. The flowers have a long-lasting, airy presence, both in a border and when cut or dried. Plants will self-sow in disturbed soil.
CareGrow in well-drained soil in full sun.
PropagationSow seed in mid-spring, in situ.
- Genus : Emilia
- Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
- Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
- Plant Type : Annuals
- Growth Rate : Fast
- Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Maintenance : Low
- Moisture : Medium Moisture
- Flower Color : Red
- Characteristics : Self Seeds
- Bloom Time : Summer
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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