Ursinia is a colourful South African daisy which will brighten up a sunny bed or border in midsummer. It has not achieved the popularity of some other Daisy-like plants such as Rudbeckia and Mesembryanthemum, but the flowers are large (about 2 in. across) and attractively zoned. Unfortunately the colour range is limited and the

Flowering period: is rather short.

VARIETIES: Catalogues offer the species U. anethoides or a mixture of ‘Special Hybrids’. The plants are bushy and the pale green leaves are finely divided. The petals are generally orange but yellow strains do exist. At the base of each petal there is a red or maroon band and the central disc turns purple as the flower matures.

SITE AND SOIL: Thrives in light, well-drained soil – full sun is essential.

PLANT DETAILS: Height 2.5 ft.

Spacing: 9 in.

Flowering period: July-August.

PROPAGATION: Follow the Half Hardy Annual technique . Alternatively sow seeds outdoors in May.

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