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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)
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.
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.
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.