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Gazania rigens 'Talent'

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Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gazania (gay-ZAY-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: rigens (RIG-ens) (Info)
Cultivar: Talent

Synonym:Gazania splendens

Category:
Annuals
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pink
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Silver/Gray
Blue-Green
Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Profile:

3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive straea On Jun 1, 2008, straea from Somerville, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I believe 'Talent' is sold as both a mix and individual named colors, and one of the gazania mixes that comes true from seed. I first found this mix several years ago at a local farmers' market and was so enchanted by the cheery blooms atop the silvery foliage that I've grown it every year since. It's done well for me both at the front of a hot, sunny border and in pots in a sunny location. I do find, like another commenter noted, that it tends to start to bloom a bit later than the species, but once it starts producing flowers, it just doesn't stop! Last year mine kept producing new flowers even when light frost had just killed the blooms it already had; it wasn't till a fairly hard frost that the plants finally stopped blooming. As to the problems with buds being cut off - for me it's birds that usually do it (they do it with a couple other types of low-growing flowers in my garden too). After a few weeks they usually just lose interest on their own.

Neutral dallas1 On Jul 29, 2007, dallas1 from campbellville ontario
Canada wrote:

Very nice plant, but earwigs tend to eat all the flower petals especially in part sun areas

Positive darylmitchell On Oct 22, 2006, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:

These were a great addition to my containers. With silver foliage and brightly coloured flowers, they performed well on my hot, dry and windy patio. It took a while for the flowers to emerge but once they started, they went non-stop. They were also tolerant of a light frost in early fall. I found that deadheading would speed up the production of new blooms.

Neutral monsky On Jun 20, 2003, monsky from Lincoln, NE wrote:

I planted this plant for the first time this spring. I, too, had plants lose the bloom. I thought it looked like rabbits had chewed the stem. I rely on human hair, from the barber shop placed around the plants to ward off rabbits! I swear it worked! Plants all thriving now! I live in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Positive tomato_lady On Jun 20, 2003, tomato_lady from Crossville, TN (Zone 6a) wrote:

Gazanias themselves are really hardy plants if cared for properly - one of my favorites for a summer garden.

Regional...

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

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Hesperia, California
Fruitville, Florida
Gramercy, Louisiana
Somerville, Massachusetts
Lincoln, Nebraska
Crossville, Tennessee
Bulverde, Texas



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