Description: The genus includes about 250 species distributed in northern and temperate regions of Europe and America. Plants annual, biennial and perennial, herbaceous. Stems erect, branched. Leaves pinnatifid or spatulate, basal and cauline.
Inflorescence - Single baskets, sometimes they are collected in paniculate or corymbose inflorescences on long peduncles. Ligulate flowers are yellow, orange, pink or red. Wrap multilayered florets, bell-shape. Fruit - a cylindrical, smooth achene with a tuft of soft, white, silky hairs.
Skerda red - S. rubra L.
Elegant annual plant with basal rosette of smooth, light-green, toothed or lobed leaves. Inflorescences 3.5-4 cm in diameter, pink or rose-purple, flowering in a thick bundle of soft silvery hairs. Blooms from mid-June, 20-30 days. Fruits. In the culture of 1600.
Sometimes plants are found in nature with a white painted blossoms. From these plants has its origin cultivar Snow White. Location: requires open, sunny places. Soil: most decorative up on light soils. He does not like waterlogged.
Care in the hot summer watering to prolong flowering. During the season it is desirable to feed 2-3 times a complex fertilizer. Propagation: Seed sown in April to take up permanent nests of 3-4 units, followed by thinning, maintaining the distance between plants 10-12 cm
Seedlings emerge in 8-9 days. You can grow sprouts. Use: in the curbs, flower beds and rocky areas. Cut florets can be used for small elegant bouquets.