February 1, 2023
Gazania rigens

Gazania rigens

Gazania rigens or simply Gazania is part of the Asteraceae family of plants. It produces a daisy-like flower in a variety of shades of yellow, orange, and pink. It has a long flowering season and is great as a ground cover.

Gazania is native to South Africa. It is an easy grower that requires little attention. Gazania is sometimes called South African Daisy or Treasure Flower. It is a perennial and grows from 6 to 18in or 18 to 50cm.

Gazania rigens
Gazania rigens

Gazania rigens start flowering in early spring through the end of autumn and in a mild climate throughout the year. Gazania flowers close at night and when it is cloudy. They usually have a tint of black around their bright yellow centers.

You can find two kinds of Gazanias, clumping or trailing. Clumping is evergreen and has dark green foliage that is silvery underneath. Trailing Gazanias spread more quickly as they have trailing stems. They both grow 15 to 25 cm or 6 to 10in. They look great both in borders and ground covers as well as in containers and hanging baskets.

Gazania rigens
Gazania ‘Christina’

How to grow Gazanias:

Grow Gazanias in the sun. Plant it in sandy well-drained soil, though they are not fussy about the soil. Just let them dry before watering again. Propagate by seed or from basal cuttings in late summer. Gazania is drought-tolerant. It is generally disease-free and pest-free, but watch out for aphids. No pruning is necessary but you can deadhead the flowers.

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