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Gazania 'Dorothy'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bedding

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

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

Colour

Flower

Green and Yellow in Summer

Foliage

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

treasure flower 'Dorothy'

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

Spreading tender perennial with narrow, glossy green leaves white beneath, and bright light yellow flowers to 6.5cm across, each ray with an olive-green zone at the base

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing
  • Exposed

Cultivation

Drought-resistant and wind-resistant this plant thrives in a poor, well-drained soil but needs full sun for the flowers to open and no damp.

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by basal stem cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

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


How to care

Pruning

Dead-heading will promote continuous flowering

Pests

Under glass, can get glasshouse whitefly, glasshouse red spider mite, aphids, glasshouse leafhopper, thrips, vine weevil and leaf-mining flies.

Diseases

May be affected by glasshouse grey mould