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Poached Egg Plant

Limnanthes douglasii

Also known as

Meadow Foam, Poached Egg Flower, Douglas' Meadowfoam, Poached egg flower

Limnanthes douglasii ÖBG 2012-05-13 04 by El Grafo (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








1 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Poached Egg Plant

A yellow and white Limnanthes douglasii flower with green leaves
A photo of Poached Egg Plant
A photo of Poached Egg Plant

Poached Egg Plant Overview

Limnanthes douglasii is a bushy annual species from the Limnanthaceae family. This plant typically grows to around 15cm tall, producing bowl-shaped, white and yellow petalled flowers with yellow centres, hence the common name Poached Egg Plant. Flower colour can vary across subspecies, there is an attractive pure white-flowered plant that appears similar. It is a popular ornamental plant, found growing naturally from Oregon to California. It has a low-growing, spreading habit, forming a mat of green foliage covered with cheerful bright flowers. Grow along pathways or edges of beds, or near tall plants like Sweetcorn or Tomatoes. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

How to harvest Poached Egg Plant

Generally not harvested

How to propagate Poached Egg Plant


Sowin spring or autumn, but protect in autumn from frost by using a good mulch. Broadcast sow and cover with 1cm of soil.

Special features of Poached Egg Plant

Attracts useful insects

It attracts hoverflies to the garden to eat the aphids and is well loved by bees.

Attractive flowers

Attracts bees

Other uses of Poached Egg Plant

Rock garden, edging, border, ground cover, fragrance, walls

Flowers to Sow Outside in October

Direct sow these during October where you want them to flower next year!

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Flowers - Annuals to direct sow in September

There is still time to direct sow these hardy annuals where you want them to flower next spring.

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