Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia


Podolepis jaceoides

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - October

Common name showy copper wire daisy
Scientific name Podolepis jaceoides (Sims) Voss
Family  Asteraceae

Genus: From Greek, podos, foot; and lepis, scale. Referring to the stalked inner involucral bracts.

Species: Similar to jacea, Spanish name for knapweed.

Distribution Widely distributed over eastern and south-eastern Australia.
Native habitat Woodland, mallee and grasslands on heavy clay to sandy soils.

A herbaceous perennial with profuse shaggy, golden yellow, daisy flowers.

Flowering/fruiting Flowers throughout early spring and summer.

Location in Garden

Planted in Bed 29 in the Connections Garden and in the Fruit Loop.


It’s not widely cultivated but it has excellent potential for cottage gardens, path borders, containers and floral bedding displays. It is frost hardy, tolerates dry periods and is suitable for growing in semi-arid, temperate and sub tropical regions. The removal of spent flower stems helps to promote more flowering.

The roots are edible and were utilised by Aboriginal people and early European settlers.




Podolepis jaceoides flower

Podolepis jaceoides