The horticultural merit of this sun-loving African beauty is assured when flowering drifts are viewed in a rocky setting.
Our featured plant helps to illustrate the diversity within and distribution of its plant family. Daisies are an important component of the species rich, fynbos vegetation comprised mostly of hard-leaved shrubs.
Asteraceae or Compositae, the daisy family, with more than 23,000 species, is one of the largest plant families. It is distinguished by the composite flowers composed of a central capitulum surrounded by involucral bracts. The genus Edmondia, found only in south-western Africa, comprises three species in which the
capitulum, the yellow, central button of small disc florets, is surrounded by a descending series of long-lasting, petal-like bracts.
Our plants do not set seed, possibly because summer rains tend to rot the flower heads, and are therefore propagated from cuttings.
They may perform quite differently away from the climate and soils at Mount Tomah.
AQIS no-longer permits seed or plant import because so little is know about the weed risk status of Edmondia.