Layia platyglossa (Tidy Tips) is a flowering annual plant native to California, United States. Tidy Tips is an annual plant, which means it completes its lifecycle within a year. It is part of the Asteraceae family, which includes daisies and sunflowers.
Tidy Tips plants have a compact and bushy growth habit. They typically reach a height of about 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 cm) and spread to about 6 to 18 inches (15 to 45 cm) in width. The plant produces numerous small flowers that resemble daisies. Each flower has bright yellow petals with white tips, giving it the characteristic "tidy" appearance.
Tidy Tips flowers bloom in spring and early summer. The blooming period can vary depending on the local climate conditions and the specific growing environment.
Tidy Tips thrives in full sun to partial shade. It prefers well-draining soil and can tolerate a wide range of soil types, including sandy or loamy soils. This plant is well-adapted to dry conditions and is often found in coastal and desert regions. It is known to be drought-tolerant once established.
Tidy Tips can be grown from seeds. The seeds are typically sown directly in the garden bed or containers after the last frost date. The soil should be prepared by loosening it and removing any weeds or debris. Scatter the seeds evenly and lightly press them into the soil surface. Water the seeds gently, keeping the soil slightly moist until germination occurs. Once the plants are established, they require minimal care. Watering during extended dry periods and occasional deadheading of spent flowers can promote continuous blooming.
Tidy Tips is popular for its attractive flowers and is often grown in wildflower gardens, meadows, or as part of a naturalized landscape. It can also be used in containers or as a border plant. Its vibrant yellow and white flowers make it an excellent choice for adding color to the garden.
Tidy Tips is considered an easy-to-grow plant, and its cheerful blooms can attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. It is also suitable for beginner gardeners or those looking for low-maintenance plants.
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Scientific Name: Platylossa
Common Name: Tidy Tips
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: California and Baja Mexico
Height: 4-12 "
Spread: 2 "
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Winter, Spring
Flower Shape: Showy, Good Cut
Flower Color: Yellow Petals with White Tips
Water Requirement: Low
Soil Type: Sand, Loam, Clay
Garden Uses: Meadows, Butterfly Gardens, Beds