On Sep 1, 2011, ReetPetite from Albuquerque, NM (Zone 7a) wrote:
I buy new plants every year for both container and garden use. Wikipedia says seeds are infertile and that it is native to the Canary Islands so I've quit trying to collect seeds. I plan to take cuttings to grow indoors this year. I purposely did not deadhead one of my seven plants and it quit flowering in early August while all the rest kept going. They wilt off with insufficient watering but revive nicely if caught in time. I deadhead fully spent flowers and any with darkened central disk flowers, even if the lightened ray flowers could stay another day. The plants look brighter this way and I don't have to deadhead daily. I grow them in afternoon shade positions with enough peat for the soil to stay moist for two days in my 10% humidity climate and high 90s daily summer temps. Still, they have good drainage. Our alkaline soil is somewhat neutralized by adding peat. The light yellow flowers are absolutely delightful to me but, I am partial to lemon yellows.
On Oct 19, 2008, katsu from Columbus, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
This is my new favorite container plant. I thought it was an Osteospermum until I saw the tag...but this really flowers more for us! It's October 19 and still cranking out the flowers. I was deadheading it a lot (it's actually hard to keep up) but now I'm not sure this is necessary to keep it blooming.
I'm a big fan of plants that look great without a lot of attention, and I love the soft yellow color. The flowers are about 1 1/2 to 2" wide.
I put 3 of these in last year..2 died off immediately. but the one which survived is about 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide, but no flowers yet. I'll patiently wait. The green leaves are really nice to look at but I can't wait until it blossoms.
I like the flowers, the interesting leaf shape, and a few plants but they reseed every year so that they and Blue Flax pretty much take over the (large) flower bed. I dig and give away as many plants as I can but I still end up pulling and throwing (OUCH). This is something I don't like to do to any flower.
Last summer I spotted Goldfinches eating the seed centers of flowers that were fading so my tolerance of the plant has been elevated.
I moved some of my "extras" this year to a new spot under a Finch feeder where I also planted a butterfly bush.
On Feb 22, 2003, koldkitty from Anchorage, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:
I grew the "Butterfly" variety (which is yellow)last summer in a container. One of the cheeriest and most hearty plants I have ever grown! I put a photo on the database ... gorgeous flower!!
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Anchorage, Alaska Duarte, California Garden Grove, California Santee, California Fort Lauderdale, Florida Chesilhurst, New Jersey Albuquerque, New Mexico Elephant Butte, New Mexico Santa Fe, New Mexico Antioch, Ohio Canton, Ohio Orange, Texas