Blue Felicia Bush
Also known as
Shrubby Felicia, Blue Marguerite, Blue Daisy Bush, Paris Daisy, Bloumagriet, Blou-Astertjie (Afr.)
Felicia amelloides by Di Turner (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/)
This plant has no fragrance
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Blue Felicia Bush Overview
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. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Western Cape.
Common problems with Blue Felicia Bush
Pests include white-flies and aphids. Disease includes cottony soft rot (Sclerotinia sclerotiorum).
Blue Felicia Bush 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
How to harvest Blue Felicia Bush
Flowers can be cut early to mid-flowering season and are long-lived left on the bush.
How to propagate Blue Felicia Bush
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.
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 of Blue Felicia Bush
Attracts useful insects
Insects such as small flying insects, bees, butterflies and wasps.
Grows well in large containers given enough sun and sufficient drainage holes.
Drought tolerant once well established.
Attracts nectar-feeding birds.
Other uses of Blue Felicia Bush
Versatile garden plant (ground cover) that is frost hardy.
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