1/4 g. Chrysanthemum Daisy, Tanacetum coccineum, Robinson’s Red, ~ 50 seeds
Tanacetum coccineum. Perennial flower that contains pyrethrins, a potent and natural insecticide. Pyrethrin is considered acceptable as a pesticide for use in USDA certified fields. This perennial should be more widely known and grown. The intensely red petals make these a focal point in the garden, especially grown in masses. Begins blooming the second year, very attractive for butterflies and makes a long lasting cut flower. Blooms in late spring, and if cut back in early summer will re-bloom through July. Leaves are medium green with fern-like pinnate dissections.
Do not cover seeds; seeds germinates in seven to 28 days. Pinch tips for bushier plants. Robinson’s Painted Daisies have the classic Chrysanthemum daisy form, and bloom from May to July in hot pink, bright fuchsia, deep rose, and scathing scarlet. They are extremely easy to grow, and reach a height of three feet in just one season! In general, daisies are grown for masses of reliable blooms in late summer and autumn.
Chrysanthemums have a confusing classification system, and the Latin names have changed over time. Some sources still list Robinson’s as Chrysanthemum coccineum.