RAOULIA glabra

Vegetable Sheep



Height: 1" (3 cm)
Flowering Time: Summer
Flower Colour: White

Botanical Classification:


Angiospermae (Angiosperms)
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons)
Superorder: Asteridae (Daisy Superorder)
Order: Asterales (Daisy Order)
Family: Asteraceae (Daisy Family)
Genus: Raoulia (Vegetable Sheep)
Species: glabra (smooth)
Raoulia glabra

Raoulia glabra is one of a number of similar species from New Zealand. They are evergreen, with very small leaves and very small flowers, low growing to form mats or hummocks, said to resemble resting sheep when seen from a distance. Raoulia glabra forms a mat less than an inch high, of tiny green leaves, covered in summer with white double daisies with blunt petals, but which I think look more like icing-sugar roses. Perhaps best in a trough or alpine house, because of its size.

Because these plants are all so similar, I am not sure this is the right name for my plant, but it does have white flowers sitting singly on smooth green leaves, so I hope I have named it correctly. New plants can be produced by division as well as by seed.


Harvesting and Growing from Seed:


(12 days)

Seed Pod There is no seed pod. The seeds are held together on a fluffy seedhead, like a miniature
dandelion seedhead.

Seed The seeds are tiny sticks with a fluffy parachute. There are many seeds on each seedhead.

Seedling The seedlings are tiny, with very narrow leaves.

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