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Cotula sericea

Silky cotula (Eng.), Knoppies (Afr.)

A ground cover that is suitable for a very hot sunny positions in a garden. Cotula sericea is a very variable species in the wild, with some forms smaller and “weedy” looking, while others which are good garden specimens have large spectacular compact flower heads.

Planning

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

Harvesting

Seed collection is not recommended. Cuttings should be taken from a well established adult plant every year to keep it rejunevating.

Propagation

Cuttings
Cuttings can be made from young, but not soft, vigorous shoots from parent plants. The cuttings can be planted directly into the garden. Frequent watering is needed until the plant is established.
Seed
Propagating with seeds are tricky, they are not widely dispersed from the parent plants. When seeds are ripe and disturbed, they crumble off premature and fall.

Special features

Pot plant
Hanging hanging baskets or pots are suitable for this plant, but will need replenishing quite often to remain attractive.
Attracts useful insects
Insects like bees and butterflies love the bright yellow color.

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Australia and North Africa.
Natural climate
Warm to hot dry areas

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Personality

Family
Asteraceae
Flower colour
Yellow
Scent
None

Problems

Few if any pests have been noticed on this plant. Young stems in very moist or wet conditions may be prone to fungal infection, but this is quite an infrequent problem usually related to mechanical damage sustained by the plant.

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