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ANACYCLUS pyrethrum var. depressus

Image of Anacyclus pyrethrum var. depressus

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ANACYCLUS pyrethrum var. depressus

Plant Common Name

Mount Atlas Daisy

General Description

Mount Atlas daisy is a cute, short-lived, alpine perennial that cheerfully opens white-petaled, daisy-like flowers in summer. The flowers close at dusk and reopen in the morning on this mat-like ground cover from the mountainous northwestern corner of Africa. The grayish green feathery foliage is beautiful in morning light, and is a perfect backdrop to the closed flowerheads showing the red side of their petals.

Mt. Atlas daisy is an excellent plant for gritty, well drained soils in full sun. It is perfect for beds that are next to gravel pathways or among rocks. The plant will reseed itself and form a low mat of leaves and glowing late spring flowers. Too much humidity or rainfall will cause plant rot, and very cold or excessively wet winters may kill this alpine plant.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    1"-2" / 2.5cm - 5.1cm

  • Width

    3"-4" / 7.6cm - 10.2cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Mediterranean, Northern Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Mat-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Alpine, Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No