Dimorphotheca is distinctly fussy about its requirements. It needs a well-drained, light soil and as much sun as possible -put it in ashady spot and the flowers will refuse to open. Give it a good home in a rockery, window box or flower bed and the bright, Daisy-like flowers will provide sheets of colour in summer. The flowers are suitable for cutting; remove dead blooms to prolong the display.

VARIETIES: The garden varieties of Dimorphotheca are hybrids of D. aurantiaca. Around the dark central disc the petals may be white, yellow, orange or salmon-pink. The largest flowers are borne by ‘Goliath’ and ‘Orange Glory’ but the popular choice is the compact ‘Dwarf Salmon’. The shining white varieties are eye-catching – pick ‘Glistening White’ or ‘Pole Star’.

SITE AND SOIL: A well-drained sandy soil in full sun is necessary.

PLANT DETAILS: Height 1 ft.

Spacing: 9 in.

Flowering period: June-August.

PROPAGATION: Dislikes root disturbance. Sow seeds in April or May where they are to flower.

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