An old Japanese non-branching variety, bred mainly for cut-flower use, but equally at home planted en-mass towards the back of a border. Single large 15-25cm (6-10in) flower heads in tones of yellow orange, with rich chocolate centres.
Height 150cm (5ft)
Sow April to May
Flowers July to September
WHERE TO SOW
Sow seed thinly in drills 45cm (18″) apart in well cultivated soil raked to a fine tilth. Germination usually takes 15-21 days.
FOR EARLIER SOWINGS
Sow indoors, individually in 7.5cm (3″) pots at 20-25°C. When well grown, gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions before planting out after all risk of frost has passed in a well drained soil in full sun.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
When large enough to handle, thin to 45cm (18″) apart.
Plunge stems in deep water to extend the life as a cut flower.