Nierembergia gracilis 'Starry Eyes' (Non-native)
'Starry Eyes' Nierembergia features masses of beautiful white cup-shaped flowers with lavender centers and buttery yellow eyes at the ends of the stems. The flowers bloom early in the season to early in the fall. Whenever possible, plant the flowers in groups. Its small, narrow leaves remain green throughout the season. However, the fruit is not ornamentally significant. Nierembergia' Starry Eyes' is a dense herbaceous perennial with a mounded shape. The garden composition is enriched with its excellent and delicate texture, so it should be fully used.
Nierembergia gracilis is an Argentine desert native that is one of the best plants for full-sun summer flowering. Most nierembergias melt in our summers, but Nierembergia' Starry Eyes' forms a tight mound of foliage 10 inches tall x 18 inches wide. From spring until fall, the clump is smothered with up-facing, light lavender bells. Good drainage and 6 hours or more of the baking sun are required for the best performance. Absolutely outstanding! Where Nierembergia' Starry Eyes' isn't winter hardy, it makes a great mixed container plant. This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent watering than they would in the yard or garden.
Light: Full Sun, Part Shade
Zone: 8, 9, 10