Also known as
Gousblom, Botterblom, Rooi Gazania (Afr.), Treasure flower
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This plant has no fragrance
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Terracotta Gazania Overview
A striking bright orange-red ground cover, the Terracotta Gazania is a hardy, excellent pioneer and a water wise garden plant. Highly adaptable to varying climates and conditions this plant is not only an ornamental plant, but also serves as a soil stabiliser. This flamboyant, and variable plant is the trademark of the unique, rocky country landscapes in Namaqualand and the pride of the flower route in South Africa. Being as versatile as it is, it is a great addition to almost any garden, particularly in South Africa. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Western Cape.
Common problems with Terracotta Gazania
Generally pest free. Diseases include Downy Mildew and Pythium Root Rot.
Terracotta Gazania Companion Plants
Plant along side Ursinia speciosa, U. cakilefolia, Dimorphotheca pluvialis, D. sinuata, Arctotis hirsuta, Felicia heterophylla, F. dubia, Senecio elegans, and S. arenarius. Other perennials are Arctotis stoechadifolia, A. aspera, Felicia ameloides, Osteospermum fruticosum
How to harvest Terracotta Gazania
Pick hairy fruits at own discretion to sow later on.
How to propagate Terracotta Gazania
Sowing time is in Autumn. Spacing is 200mm and sowing depth is shallow (2mm). Germination time is 3-4 days.
Heel cuttings in the spring or summer.
Special features of Terracotta Gazania
Attracts useful insects
Insects such as bees, bee flies, beetles, butterflies and ants. The monkey beetle congregates in the flowers to feed and mate.
Suitable for planting in containers provided it is planted in sunny areas and does not get too much water.
Very drought tolerant and suitable for xeriscaping.
Extremely showy, bicolor flowers - with warm and bright flower colours, large flower size and extended flowering period.
Other uses of Terracotta Gazania
Useful for summer bedding, pots and tubs (containers). Walls, rock garden, ground cover.
Wild and domesticated herbivores are very fond of these plants, and they are valuable for grazing.
Gazania krebsiana are very good colonisers, and are also regarded as very good soil stabilisers.
It is a popular garden plant. it is one of the parent plants for the numerous Gazania hybrids that are offered in many nurseries today. Gazania krebsiana makes a fantastic garden plant provided it is planted in a sunny area and does not get too much water.