Dune Daisy is an evergreen, much branched perennial that grows to about 60 cm high. The branches are almost entirely covered with the shiny, dark green leaves. The stiff little leaves are oval to triangular in shape, pointing downwards away from the stem – almost overlapping each other. The branches bend and turn, relaxing on the ground and then turning up to the sun, each with 2 – 3 large daisies at their tips.
The flowers are usually mauve with a bright yellow centre, but white flowers are also occasionally found in the wild. Both forms flower profusely for a few months from autumn to spring. After flowering the flowers turn into fluffy seed heads. In nature this felicia is frequently seen next to roads and on sandy dunes along the coast of the eastern Cape from Mossel Bay to Port Alfred.
Common names: dune daisy, prickly felicia (Eng.), bloublommetjie (Afr.)
Growing Dune Daisy
It will grow in almost any well-drained soil in a sunny position.
This plant can be considered tender to frost, and in very cold areas it needs to be planted in a warm protected position.
Seed can be sown in autumn or spring.
The seeds germinate within about 3 weeks and produce seedlings that will flower the next season.
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