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Dimorphotheca sinuata

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dimorphotheca (dy-mor-foh-THEE-kuh) (Info)
Species: sinuata (sin-yoo-AY-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Dimorphotheca aurantiaca
Synonym:Dimorphotheca integrifolia
Synonym:Dimorphotheca calendulacea
Synonym:Dimorphotheca dentata

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Pale Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive peejay12 On May 4, 2014, peejay12 from Porthleven, Helston, Cornwall
United Kingdom (Zone 9b) wrote:

Try to get seed of the genuine wild species of this plant (Silverhills, or BT World). They were the most amazing annuals I've ever grown -- but it was a very good summer. I sowed the seed under cover in March, and planted them in May. They start to flower when very small and will grow fast.

These wild ones looked exactly like EggsZactly's and Xenomorph's photos! Shiny orange flowers with black centres cover the plants throughout summer. Unlike the hybrid varieties, they are low growing spreading plants. A bit straggly, so plant them fairly close so they overlap.

Save the seed each year and you'll have them for ever, and they're much better than the floppy, anaemic hybrids most seed companies peddle.

Positive runnerboy713 On Mar 18, 2010, runnerboy713 from Westborough, MA (Zone 5b) wrote:

For me, the seeds produced a mix of colors, a medium yellow with purple tinge at the center and an orange. My outside plants produced abundant foliage and very thick stems for much of summer but late in August suddenly burst into bloom, producing heavily until the first very hard frost. My only complaint was the delayed bloom, but that might have been my fault (over fertilized soil?). Overall, nice sturdy, healthy plants.

Neutral gardener_mick On Mar 17, 2001, gardener_mick from Wentworth, SD (Zone 4a) wrote:

Rich, well-drained soil (will grow in poorer sandy or dry soils) but keep well-watered in dry conditions. Propagate by seed.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Tallahassee, Florida
Williston, Florida
Winterville, Georgia
Itasca, Illinois
Salem, Massachusetts
Westborough, Massachusetts
Aurora, Missouri
Terrell, Texas

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