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Composite plants that bloom in summer – part 2

The composites or asteraceae , comprise more than 20 thousand species of plants scattered throughout the world, especially in temperate regions. In ancient times this botanical family was known as compound because its flowers are floral chapters that are composed of many small flowers.

These plants require pollinators, therefore, they evolved forming attractive and very showy flowers. It is for this reason that many of the asteraceae or composites are plants that are used to decorate gardens such as daisies, chrysanthemums, etc. Keep reading to know the characteristics and care of composites .

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Coreopsis

The corepsis is part of the compound family and is native to boreal America. It is a herbaceous, perennial plant; which can reach 40-80 cm in height.

Its leaves are basal, whole and caulinar with linear segments. Its flowers are yellow terminal heads, 2-5 centimeters in diameter; appear in summer.

It prefers a light and fertile soil; with river surf, sand and black earth, and full luminosity, with direct sunlight during the morning. It is sensitive to frost; does not tolerate temperatures below 7 ° C.

Water abundantly and every 3 days. Fertilize with 300 grams of bone meal per square meter of flowerbed. Propagate by sowing in spring and plant outdoors after the frosty period.

Pompadour

The pompadour , also known as Tagetes erecta , is part of the compound family and is native to Mexico. It is a herbaceous plant, little branched, annual; which can reach 60 cm in height.

Its opposite leaves, pinnate, with serrated segments and an intense smell. Its flowers are gathered in large double yellow or orange chapters and can measure 6 to 10 cm in diameter; appear in summer.

It prefers a moderately fertile and deep soil, and a full luminosity, with direct sunlight. Water abundantly, every 1-2 days. Fertilize with 300 grams of bone meal per square meter of bed in the spring. Propagate by sowing in spring and plant outdoors after the frosty period.

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