Argyranthemum

The Argyranthemum is attractive and versatile, suiting both container and bedding schemes.

One of the most frequent of gardeners’ gripes is that about changing of plant names. Pelargonium was separated from Geranium over two centuries ago, yet the confusion still reigns today. One of the latest problems has been the split up of Chrysanthemum into a number of tongue-twisters, including Dendranthemum, which is the final resting place of the familiar florist’s Chrysanthemums.

Another genus is Argyranthemum. These are the familiar, pink, yellow and white Daisies that are widely used as bedding plants. They are tender perennials and, although they can be over-wintered under glass, they are usually treated as annuals.

One of the most popular is A. frutes-cens (Chrysan- themum frutescens). This is a bushy, white-flowered Marguerite-like Paris Daisy with a woody stem. It is most frequently used as an annual, but it can be overwintered inside and is often grown as a standard, the foliage and leaves being held on a tall, treelike, stem.

Argyranthemum frutescens

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The yellow forms are mainly A. maderense or one of its hybrids. This has pale yellow Daisies and delightful, finely-cut foliage; ‘Jamaica Primrose’ has pale primrose-yellow flowers and slightly coarser leaves. There are many more yellow forms.

Among the most popular are the pink forms. ‘Vancouver’ is one of the best, with pale pink petals; an even paler form is ‘Mary Wootton’. The popularity of these two is partly because they are doubles, but there are plenty of single varieties.

While a free-draining soil is preferred, these plants should not be allowed to dry out completely .

Although these are perennials, they are tender and will not withstand frost. In warm town areas, they may survive the Winter outside, often continuing in bloom.

Pinch-out the tips to ensure that they bush out. Deadhead to promote a succession of blooms and keep the plant tidy.

Take cuttings in the Autumn and over-winter them to provide plants for the coming year. Alternatively, store the plants in a frost-free position and take cuttings in early Spring.

These plants are ideal for bedding schemes or containers, such as tubs and hanging baskets.

Argyranthemum will grow in a wide range of soils, but do best in one that is free-draining, yet moisture-retentive.

 

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