Arctotis stoechadifolia / Silver Arctotis / African Daisy / Half hardy annual / Seeds

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Arctotis stoechadifolia / Silver Arctotis / African Daisy / Half hardy annual / Seeds

Lovely original African daisy forming a carpet of silvery green leaves, and producing white and yellow flowers that sit up to the sun. Good fast-growing ground cover, forming a mass of pretty flowers in mid-summer in the UK.  Plants tolerate pots, dry banks and coastal gardens.


Silver Arctotis can be grown as a perennial or an annual, flowering in the first year.  If grown as a perennial, the plants need to be protected with a thick mulch and generally re-sprout after frosting.  Plants prefer full sun and attract butterflies and bees.


Prefers well drained soil and a sunny spot, and will grow well in coastal sites, tolerating salt spray.


Pack of 30 seeds.  Sow in spring or autumn.  Plants are contained by frost in the UK, but can be invasive in Mediterranean climates.  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.

   

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Hardiness Half hardy perennial - mostly grown as an annual
Flowers June/July to October
Height 30 - 60cm
Spread Up to 100cm
Conditions  Full sun and well drained soils
Sow

If sowing as an annual, this can be done directly into the soil after last frosts have gone.  Otherwise, sow in moist seed compost.  Cover the seeds lightly with compost and keep at 16 -21C.  Germination takes 3 -5 weeks.  Pot on when seedlings are large enough to handle, and plant out into the garden or pots after the last frost.  Protect over winter.

Grow Flowers open in the sun.  Stem cuttings can be done in summer, preferably from non-flowering shoots.  Stems that touch the soil will often root and form new plants.  Plants are evergreen, but the leaves will be killed by hard frosts, and they may re-sprout in spring.