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GAZANIA rigens var. leucolaena

Image of Gazania rigens var. leucolaena

Forest & Kim Starr

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

GAZANIA rigens var. leucolaena

Plant Common Name

Trailing Gazania, Trailing Treasure Flower

General Description

Trailing treasure flower is a low, evergreen flowering perennial that is grown as a bedding annual in temperate regions. Gazania rigens var. leucolaena is a species' variety that originates from southern Africa. It develops spreading clumps of green to silvery gray foliage that blanket the ground. Throughout the growing season many golden yellow daisies are produced just above the foliage. The blossoms close at night and on overcast days. Bees pollinate the blooms and heads of fuzzy white seeds follow.<

Gazania rigens prefers cooler summer temperatures and full sun. It will tolerate drought but grows best in areas where temperatures are mild and not scorching hot. Afternoon shade is recommended in where summers are hot. Provide average, well-drained garden soil for best growth and flowering. Remove spent blooms to encourage more. Plant these lovely daisies along the edges of mixed borders, in containers or rock gardens.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    4"-6" / 10.2cm - 15.2cm

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Southern Africa, South Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Mat-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Gray Green, Silver

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Groundcover, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes