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Blue Daisy

Felicia amelloides

Kingfisher daisy , Blue marguerite , Cape aster , Flower of happiness , Happy flower

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A fast growing and long flowering, evergreen, thickly branched shrub with sky blue petals around a bright yellow centre. The Blue Felicia bush brings aesthetic beauty to any temperate and rocky garden. Being a versatile and popular garden plant, it serves many purposes ranging from being a purely ornamental plant, to being used to stabilize sand dunes and preventing erosion.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer, Autumn
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Flowers can be cut early to mid-flowering season and are long-lived left on the bush.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds during Spring. Space 0.5m apart and sow 1.5 times deeper than the size of the seed. Germination time is less than 1 month.
Cuttings
Use non-flowering stems, cut just below a node, strip off bottom leaves, treat with growth hormone and place in damp ground. This quicker method will result in plants that should flower soon.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Insects such as small flying insects, bees, butterflies and wasps.
Pot plant
Grows well in large containers given enough sun and sufficient drainage holes.
Drought resistant
Drought tolerant once well established.
Attracts birds
Attracts nectar-feeding birds.

Geography

Origin
The coastal strip of both the Western and Eastern Cape Provinces, South Africa.
Natural climate
Coastal

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Notes
Versatile garden plant (ground cover) that is frost hardy.

Personality

Family
Asteraceae
Flower colour
Blue or white with yellow centres., Blue, Yellow
Scent
None

Problems

Pests include white-flies and aphids. Disease includes cottony soft rot (Sclerotinia sclerotiorum).
Aphids
Aphids
Aphidoidea spp.

Companion plants

Geranium incanum (carpet geranium), Hemizygia transvaalensis (pink salvia), Nylandtia spinosa (tortoise berry), Pelargonium crispum (crispy-leaved pelargonium) or P. reniforme (kidney-leaved pelargonium) and Scabiosa africana (pincushion). In semishade on

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