Doronicum (Doronikum) - the earliest "daisy" in the garden. This is a frost-resistant rhizome perennial of the aster family.
In culture, two species are most commonly used.
Doronicum East (Doronicum orientale) - perennial with a distinct rhizome. A shade-tolerant plant, with rounded leaves appearing in spring on small petioles, forms a continuous ground cover. In early May, erect stems 30-50 cm high develop, ending in a single yellow large basket with a diameter of up to 8 cm. It blooms from mid-May to mid-June., then sharply loses its decorativeness, soon its leaves die off. Therefore, it is considered an early spring decorative plant for use in the background.
Doronikum plantain (Doronicum plantagineum) Is a large-flowered species widely known in culture. He has leaves on long stalks, a peduncle high - up to 140 cm and large yellow single baskets up to 12 cm in diameter. It blooms from mid-May to mid-June. Seed does not form. Leaves die by the end of June.
Doronikums love moist, lighted or semi-shaded places. They can grow in one place for many years.
Propagate vegetatively. The rhizome is dug up in the middle of summer, it easily breaks up into small parts-delenki, which are transplanted to a permanent place. It is undemanding to soils.
Recommended for planting in mixborders to create a bright, sunny spot in early spring. "Yellow Daisy" looks spectacular in group plantings on the background of shrubs.