The ruby slippers planted about a year ago is now in the form of a small bush (2' by 2') and is prolific with blooms. It has never been pruned and yet, it still looks attractive and healthy. My only qualm is that it requires regular watering.
On Apr 18, 2004, jkom51 from Oakland, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
Got wider than I expected but takes pruning well. Grows quickly, flowers for a long time. Deadheading creates a new flush of blooms quickly. so I expect that like osteospermums, this plant is bred to exhaust itself within a few years. Blooms fade to a lighter pink which gives a pleasant two-color effect to the plant.
I have it in a bed that gets mostly sun altho shielded from intense western summer exposure by other plants around it. The bed is compost atop clay base and mulched, so I only water twice a month in summer unless the rare heat spell happens (we're in Northern CA, San Francisco Bay Area). These plants were formerly classified as chrysanthemums and if you can grow 'mums' then argyranthemums take the same care and climate.
Requires a great deal of deadheading to continue blooming. Also must be watered a great deal if in warmer zones. Plant tag suggests planting in full sun, however it is currently planted in a partial sun area of my garden and does very well.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Boronda, California Citrus Heights, California Martinez, California Oak View, California Oakland, California San Diego, California San Jacinto, California San Jose, California San Leandro, California Sunnyvale, California Sylmar, California Woodland, California Hampton, Illinois Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Arlington, Texas Round Rock, Texas Santa Fe, Texas