||Moist, well-drained, rich soil in sun or partial shade, avoiding early morning sun in frosty areas. Cut back previous year's flowering shoots in early spring. Remove dead flower heads.
||By seed sown in spring; by softwood cuttings in summer; by hardwood cuttings in winter.
||Roots are lifted in autumn and dried for decoctions, liquid extracts, and tinctures.
Has spherical flower heads, 20cm (8in) across, and withstands wind and rain better than the other sterile forms.
Subsp. Discolor "Sterilis" syn "Sterilis"
Has leaves with gray-green, hairy undersides, and flower heads with large sterile flowers.
Produces flowerheads smaller than "Annabelle", but the individual sterile flowers are larger.
||A sweet, pungent herb that is antiseptic and diuretic, soothes irritated tissues, and reduces formation of urinary stones.
||Internally for kidney and bladder stones, cystitis, urethritis, prostatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and edema. Works well with Aphanes arvensis (See parsley piert), Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (See, bearberry), and Eupatorium purpureum (See, boneset). Excess may cause dizziness and bronchial congestion.
||Encyclopedia of Herbs by Deni Brown Copyright © 1995, 2001 Dorling Kindersley Limited. pp 238-239