Palm Springs Daisy
Height: 4-16" (10-40cm) Flowering Time: Summer Flower Colour: Yellow ____________________________________
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons) Superorder: Asteridae (Daisy Superorder) Order: Asterales (Daisy Order) Family: Asteraceae (Daisy Family) Genus: Cladanthus Species: arabicus (Arabian) ____________________________________
Cladanthus arabicus is, as its Latin name suggests, a plant originating in North Africa, and not, as its common name implies, from Palm Springs. It is an aromatic bushy annual, growing to about 16" or more, with soft rounded stems, and very finely divided feathery leaves, bearing large yellow daisies all summer. These are unusual in that the main flower on each stem is followed by further flowers on stems arising directly under and at right angles to the main flower.
Cladanthus arabicus is not hardy, so seeds need to be sown after the danger of frost, or under cover. Once started, however, plants are fast growing.
Harvesting and Growing from Seed:
Seed Pod There is no seedpod. The seeds are clustered together on a dense seedhead.
Seed The seeds are small dark brown sticks. There are many seeds on a seedhead.
Seedling The seedleaves are narrow and pointed. The first true leaves are very long and narrow.
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