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The spiked splendor is native to North America and, despite its unusual flower shape with inflorescences that fade from top to bottom, belongs to the daisy family (Asteraceae). The perennial, which grows up to 1 meter high in suitable locations, can be cut for certain reasons, but it does not necessarily have to be cut.

Withered plant parts of the magnificent sallow should be cut off before winter

Removing withered parts of plants before winter

If you are disturbed by the slowly wilting flowers after flowering, you can cut the plants back down to the green leaves. However, leave these on the plants until they hibernate, as they can still recharge their batteries and only wilt later. Withered flowers and leaves should be cut off with a sharp knife in early spring at the latest so that the young shoots have enough light and space to develop. Regular pruning will encourage a bushy appearance in older specimens in a consistent location. In addition, when the withered flowers are cut out after the seeds have ripened, the fresh seeds must be collected together with the cuttings.

The pruning of pot-cultivated splendor

In the case of specimens of the Prachtscharte cultivated in tubs, it is advisable to cut back the plants to a few centimeters above the ground before winter, as this allows the plants to be better wrapped in a protective cover made of garden fleece or bubble wrap. These floriferous plants usually tolerate it without any problems if individual flowers are cut off as cut flowers for the vase. If no mulch layer is applied to the perennial bed in exposed locations, it can make sense to leave the dead plant material about a hand's breadth high over the winter. The withered leaves themselves serve as winter protection for the plants.

Stimulate a second flowering with a targeted pruning

In fact, all gardeners like to plant perennials in their gardens that bloom either for a very long time or several times. Therefore, there are a total of four possible times for a cut in the Prachtscharte:

  • in early spring
  • in the autumn
  • when harvesting bouquets of cut flowers
  • right after the first flowering

Cut back your magnificent saplings in the garden down to the green leaves immediately after the inflorescences have withered. If you are lucky and have good care conditions for the plants, then there may be a second, smaller bloom.


If a single jasmine in the garden becomes too large for you, you can slow down its growth by dividing the root rhizome for propagation purposes.

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