Laced polyanthuses have been grown since the early part of the 19th Century. The laced polyanthus was already beginning to command the attention of traditional florists (those who grew plants for their flowers) who sought to perfect its form and, by the middle of the 19th century, it rivalled the auricula as a true florists' flower.
Laced polyanthuses have a proven track record of garden worthiness, consistently flowering during the spring time and with few ailments. They are equally good in pots, planters, and other containers and the open garden. In the garden they should be grown in narrow borders or in front of larger plants in island beds or larger borders. They are easy plants to grow and do very brilliantly in any well drained fertile soil that should not be allowed to dry out.
The lacing (petal margin) is silver or white and the centre is gold or yellow. The main flower body colour is dark maroon or very dark red.
They flower at a height of up to 30 cm (1 foot) and several stems are produced which carry heads of numerous flowers. Silver-laced polyanthuses brighten up the garden with quite exotic looking flowers, but are completely hardy and suffer no harmful effects of freezing conditions, when established. They are attractive to early flying honey bees.
Plants supplied are one year old of mature flowering size and will flower next growing season. Supplied bare-root.