Emilia: tassel flower

Height 45-60cm (18-24in)

Planting distance 25cm (10in)

Flowers early to late summer

Well-drained garden soil

Sunny site

Half-hardy annual

Tassel flowers are excellent half-hardy annuals for providing a splash of orange, scarlet and gold in sunny dry borders in coastal gardens. Their tassel-like flowers, carried on wiry stems throughout the summer, look most effective in mixed bedding schemes, though they also make excellent subjects for containers, and as cut flowers they are long-lasting in water. Only one species, Emilia javanica, is grown in Britain. It reaches 45-60cm (18-24in) high. Mixed seed selections with orange and gold flowers are available.


Sow the seeds in their flowering position – a hot, dry sunny spot with well-drained soil in late spring. Thin to 25cm (10in) apart when the seedlings are large enough to handle. Dead-head to encourage continuous flowering throughout the summer.

Pests and diseases

Trouble free.

22. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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