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The Gazania Plant

The Gazania Plant, these plants are great for a full hot sunny area but they can 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 them from seeds.

Each flower will close at night or in darkness but will bloom out 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 an 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, seeds, or the best way is to purchase them at your local nursery.  They grow fast and are moderate watering. They will bloom from early spring to late fall.

The best time to plant by 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.

Place in the front of taller plants.  Most will grow to about 4-6 inches tall.

Types of Gazania Plants

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

The Gazania Plant
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The Gazania Plant

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