A hardy annual, native to western North America
from California to Oregon. It is also known as
Butter and Eggs.
The plant reaches a height of twelve inches,
and has finely cleft yellowish-green leaves and
white, rounded flowers, with rich yellow centres,
sweetly fragrant and about one inch across.
An easy and useful subject to grow, unfastidious
as to position or soil, doing equally well in
wet or drained soils, in heavy clay or porous
Once grown, it tends to perpetuate itself by self-sown
seedlings which form a colourful mass.
There is another species, Limnanthes alba, with
the same finely cut foliage and flowers of a pure
white on size- to eight- inch stems.
Seed should be sown thinly in September or April
where the plants are to flower.
Propagation is from seed.
The flowering season is in late spring and early
See also : Limnanthes