African Daisy, Star of the Veldt
Height: 12" (30cm) Flowering Time: Summer Flower Colour: White, yellow, orange, salmon ____________________________________
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons) Superorder: Asteridae (Daisy Superorder) Order: Asterales (Daisy Order) Family: Asteraceae (Daisy Family) Genus: Dimorphotheca (Dimorphotheca) Species: aurantiaca (golden) ____________________________________
Dimorphotheca aurantiaca is, as its common name implies, a daisy from South Africa. It grows to about a foot high, with coarse aromatic leaves, topped in summer by large daisies in shades of yellow, orange, salmon or white with a brown centre.
It used to be included in the genus Osteospermum, and is sometimes referred to by that name.
The name Dimorphotheca means that the plant produces two different types of seeds.
Harvesting and Growing from Seed:
Seed Pod There is no seedpod. The seeds are clustered tightly together in a ball.
Seed There are two different types of seed on the same seedhead. There are large, flat beige
oval discs, and short beige twigs. There are several seed on a seedhead.
Seedling The seedling has two large rounded seed leaves. The first true leaves are slightly toothed.
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