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Gazania 'Michael'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bedding or Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Mat forming

Resilience

Hardiness

old H1+3 (required heated glass; may be grown outside in summer)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

1-2 years


Preferred common name

treasure flower 'Michael'

Family

Asteraceae


Gazania can be annuals or evergreen perennials, of spreading habit, with lobed lance-shaped leaves and showy daisy-like flowers which close in dull weather

'Michael' is a tender spreading perennial to 25cm in height, with narrow foliage silvery beneath, and bright yellow flowers with a red-brown and olive-green zone at the base of the rays

Other common names

  • treasure-flower 'Michael'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Flowers close when shaded. Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering. Will survive winter outdoors in mild areas. Water in prolonged dry spells

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Neutral or Alkaline
  • Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings taken from the base of shoots in late summer and kept in frost free conditions over winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging, Gravel Garden, Mediterranean Climate Plants or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Deadhead regularly

Pests

Generally pest free except for aphids when overwintered indoors

Diseases

Generally disease free except for glasshouse grey mould when overwintered indoors