Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Bush Daisy (Gamolepis chrysanthemoides)
The plant is nearly everblooming, and quite cold-hardy. After the past two severe winters, Bush Daisy is moving up on my list of desirable shrubs. It is native to South Africa and is recommended for USDA Zones 8-11. In the warmer parts of this range it is evergreen. In Zone 8 and 9a, it will die back in the winter and resume growth in the spring. Here is Zone 9b it is evergreen, and flowers non-stop in part shade to full sun. They can be planted in a row to form a low flowering hedge.
The bright yellow flowers are about two inches in diameter and are held well above the foliage by five-inch long stems. They will last several days as cut flowers. The foliage consists of dark green, deeply lobed leaves, giving the bush a somewhat ferny texture.
Some reputable sources indicate this species is now correctly identified under the genus Euryops.