By Becca Badgett
(Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden)
Growing chocolate flower plants (Berlandiera lyrata) in the garden sends the scent of chocolate wafting through the air. The pleasant fragrance and yellow, daisy-like flowers are just a couple of reasons to grow the chocolate scented daisy. Berlandiera chocolate flowers attract butterflies, hummingbirds and other important pollinators to the garden.
Planting and Care of Chocolate Flower
An herbaceous perennial, the chocolate scented daisy sometimes grows to 2 feet in height and the same in spread. Growing chocolate flower plants with abundant growth may take on the form of a sprawling ground cover, so allow plenty of room when planting the chocolate scented daisy.
Chocolate flower care can involve pruning and clipping the plant to keep it within boundaries. The plant can be trimmed back by 1/3 in summer if it begins to look untidy, followed by another show of the fragrant blooms. If you’re growing chocolate flower plants to feed the birds, leave the seed heads intact.
Berlandiera chocolate flowers grow well in the arid and semi-arid areas of the southwest. Start the chocolate scented daisy from seed in fall or in spring. Although somewhat drought resistant when established, seeds must be kept moist for germination.
Chocolate flower care may involve watering regularly for the best show of blooms on growing chocolate flower plants. Blooms may appear as early as April and last until autumn. Plants are hardy to 10 degrees F.
Plant the chocolate scented daisy in a full to part sun location. Plant it near the deck or other seating area to fully enjoy the fragrance. Care of chocolate flower is simple and worthwhile, as the plant provides bright blooms with chocolate stripes underneath the petals and interesting, ornamental brown seedpods.
Try growing chocolate flower plants in your garden or flower bed. You can even add it to a chocolate garden. After all, most everyone loves the smell of chocolate.