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ASTERISCUS maritimus 'Gold Coin'

Image of Asteriscus maritimus 'Gold Coin'

John Rickard

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ASTERISCUS maritimus 'Gold Coin'

Plant Common Name

Asteriscus, Gold Coin Mediterranean Beach Daisy, Mediterranean Beach Daisy

General Description

This is an ideal dry-climate perennial. The parent species, Mediterranean Beach Daisy, is native to coastal bluffs of North Africa and the arid eastern Mediterranean where there is little rainfall but the maritime influence keeps the air moist. This makes ‘Gold Coin’ particularly suitable for water conservation in dry coastal regions. This low, spreading perennial produces dense clumps of gray-green leaves that are slightly fuzzy.

Through the midsummer when little is in bloom, ‘Gold Coin’ flowers for weeks with bright-yellow daisy flowers, borne at branch tips with no visible flowers stem. The blooms are dense, giving the entire plant a near-solid golden color. This perennial needs mild, rainy winters and dry summers with minimal supplemental watering. It may grow semi-dormant in the late summer dry season, remaining so until rains return. If provided occasional deep supplemental watering the plants remain evergreen. Grow this perennial in full sun and well-drained average to poor soil. Combine ‘Gold Coin’ with other arid Mediterranean plants and natives or arid climates for a colorful xeriscape garden.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    6 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 10

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    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

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No