Also known as
Clumping Gazania, Gazania
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This plant has no fragrance
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Treasure Flower Overview
Gazanias are known as little rays of sunshine with their vivid yellow and orange faces and add life to any temperate or subtropical garden. These ornamental plants have adapted themselves well to ensure maximum proliferation. Depending on the cultivar it either has a spreading habit or a clump-forming habit, the bright colours of the flowers attract insects, the seeds are covered in hairs for maximum dispersal. The plant is drought tolerant and can grow almost anywhere. Plant these lovely flowers along the edges of mixed borders, in containers or in rock gardens.
Common problems with Treasure Flower
Pests include mealybugs and aphids. Diseases include, stem and root rot, leaf spot and powdery mildew.
How to harvest Treasure Flower
To harvest seed allow seedheads to dry on plants before removing and collecting seeds. Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored.
How to propagate Treasure Flower
Basal cuttings can be taken in fall and overwintered indoors . Get the cuttings started in pots, in good quality potting soil. Plant rooted cuttings in spring and keep watering until well-established.
Divide thick clusters and replant each rooted stem to a new area to cover.
Special features of Treasure Flower
Drought tolerant once well-established; suitable for xeriscaping.
A good plant for containers, given sufficient drainage holes.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts insects such as bees and butterflies.
Other uses of Treasure Flower
Horses and cattle love to eat the flowers and leaves.