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The Gazania Plant

Last updated on May 5th, 2024 at 10:03 am

Ah, I love the Gazania Plant, because these plants are great for a full hot sunny area but they can also tolerate shady conditions.  They are moderate watering plants and are considered annuals/perennials in the Southwest.  They do great in rock gardens or the Xeriscape landscape.

Plant them with other low-water plants like Verbena, Lantana, and Salvias. Very easy to grow in plant form or start from seeds.

The amazing thing is that each flower will close at night or in darkness but will bloom when sunshine hits the flower.

They are in the daisy family and butterflies will swarm around this plant all summer long. As I mentioned they are considered annual but in the Southwest, during mild winters or in areas where it never freezes they will come back the following year.

Dry hot conditions are no problem for them.  The Gazania Plant comes in white, bronze, orange, and dark red.  They are drought tolerant but will do better with regular watering. Very hardy plants that can tolerate the hot mid-summer heat throughout the Southwest USA region.

Plant them in containers

The Gazania Plant
Gazanias will do well in pots

 

Put them in a large container for some great-looking potted plants. They will trail over for a great-looking effect. Place them at the front entrance of your home.  Fertilize them with a good all-purpose bedding plant fertilizer.

You can start gazania’s by root cuttings, or seeds, or the best way is to purchase them at your local nursery.  They grow fast and require moderate watering. They will bloom from early spring to late fall.

The best time to plant seeds is in mid to late March around the southwest.  They come in lots of colors white, yellow, orange, and pale red.  They also come in stripe colors commonly called tiger gazanias.

Most will grow to about 4-6 inches tall so placing them in front of taller plants is a good idea.

Gazania's in the garden
Colorful gazania’s in the garden. Canna lily’s in the background.

Types of Gazania Plants

There are many varieties of the Gazania plant. Check out Monrovia’s Gazania page. 


Problems with Gazania Plants

One of the common gazania problems is poor flowering. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, your gazania plants may not bloom as profusely as you’d like. This could be due to a lack of sunlight – gazanias thrive in full sun, so if they’re in too much shade, they might hold back their full potential. Another potential problem is over-fertilization; too much nitrogen can lead to lush foliage at the expense of blooms. Stick to a balanced fertilizer and make sure those beauties are soaking up the rays!

A pest infestation can also put a damper on your Gazania parade. Aphids and spider mites find gazania plants quite delectable and can quickly turn your garden into a buffet. Keep an eye out for these pesky intruders and take action with insecticidal soap or neem oil to keep your gazanias in tip-top shape.

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Overwatering is yet another challenge you might face. Gazania plants are drought-tolerant and do not like wet feet. If you’re too generous with the watering can, you may invite root rot, which is a surefire way to send your plants to an early grave. Make sure the soil is well-drained and only water when the top inch feels dry to the touch.

The Gazania Plant

In dealing with gazania problems, the key is to monitor and maintain. By ensuring adequate sunlight, avoiding over-fertilization, keeping pests at bay, and regulating water intake, you’ll be rewarded with a stunning display of gazanias that’ll be the envy of every plant lover on the block. So, roll up your sleeves and show those gazania problems who’s boss – your garden oasis awaits!

The Gazania Plant
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The Gazania Plant

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