Five Spot Planting and Care Guide
Quick Facts About Five Spot
Five Spot is a hardy annual that grows very, very fast and blooms profusely, and it dies back with the first frost of fall. It's native to Oregon and California, but it grows well in most areas. The flowers are 1 inch, with 5-petals and are very attractive, white with vivid purple spots at the tip of each petal. Five Spot wildflower is a prolific bloomer all spring, with a low spreading habit and is great for hanging baskets.
Plant Five Spot flower seeds directly outside once the temperatures are warming and frost danger has passed.
Five Spot performs best in cooler climates and in full sun. If growing in a hot climate, try to provide some afternoon shade. Soil should drain well.
How to Plant Five Spot
- Once temperatures are warming in the spring work the soil and remove weeds
- Add compost and work it in to improve the soil
- Rake the soil smooth and scatter Five Spot flower seeds on the surface
- Lightly rake the seed into the soil - covering 1/8 inch
- Keep the soil moist for germination
- Thin to the strongest seedling every 6 - 12 inches apart
Care And Maintenance
- Irrigate regularly to establish the plants
- The plants can be trimmed to neaten the appearance and encourage more blooming
- Liberal self-sower
- Plants will die back with first frost