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Felicia amelloides 'Santa Anita'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bedding or Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

old H3 (may need winter protection)

Colour

Flower

Blue and Yellow in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

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

blue daisy 'Santa Anita'

Family

Asteraceae


Felicia can be annuals, perennials or evergreen sub-shrubs, with linear to obovate leaves and daisy-like flower-heads, mostly with blue-violet rays and yellow disk florets

'Santa Anita' is a bushy sub-shrub to 40cm, often grown as an annual, with deep green obovate leaves and daisy-like flowerheads to 5cm across, with violet-blue rays and yellow disk florets

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Exposed

Cultivation

Drought-resistant and wind-resistant this plant thrives in a poor, well-drained soil so long as there is full sun and no damp

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by stem tip cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging, Gravel Garden or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Prone to aphids

Diseases

Generally disease free