Gazania rigens var. leucolaena
Trailing Gazania flowers
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Height: 6 inches
Spacing: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 7b
Other Names: Trailing Treasure Flower, Coastal Gazania
Attractive yellow daisy blooms appear in summer on this fast spreading, groundcover variety; drought tolerant, but will benefit from some shade in afternoon heat; an excellent color addition to rock gardens or along walkways
Trailing Gazania features showy yellow daisy flowers with gold eyes rising above the foliage from early summer to mid fall. Its attractive narrow leaves remain grayish green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Trailing Gazania is an herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep. Trim off the flower heads after they fade and die to encourage more blooms late into the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Trailing Gazania is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Trailing Gazania will grow to be only 5 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 24 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America.
Trailing Gazania is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.
This plant is not reliably hardy in our region, and certain restrictions may apply; contact the store for more information.