Blue Daisy, Blue Marguerite
Felicia amelloides

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Felicia (fel-ISS-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: amelloides (am-el-OH-id-eez) (Info)
Synonym:Felicia aethiopica
Synonym:Agathaea coelestis
Synonym:Agathea coelestis
Synonym:Aster amelloides
Synonym:Cineraria amelloides
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Category:

Annuals

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Medium Blue

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Evergreen

Aromatic

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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

Alameda, California

Fallbrook, California

Lemon Grove, California

Long Beach, California

Pasadena, California

Richmond, California

San Leandro, California

Santa Rosa, California

West Hollywood, California

Derby, Kansas

Madison, Mississippi

Saint Joseph, Missouri

Lincoln, Nebraska

Portland, Oregon

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

9
positives
3
neutrals
0
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RatingContent
Neutral

On May 24, 2015, peejay12 from Porthleven, Helston, Cornwall
United Kingdom (Zone 9b) wrote:

The bright sky blue flowers with yellow centres make this a popular 'patio plant in the UK, but it rarely survives the winter. Even in mild Cornwall mine died after a frost of -3C.

Plants look small and cute in the garden centre, but rapidly grow to shrubs 18" high by 2 or 3 foot across, covered in 2" flowers all summer.

Wish it would survive the winter!

Positive

On Apr 18, 2013, efini from Pasadena, CA wrote:

I have a garden under some beautiful old live California oaks in Pasadena, CA. The ground is hard packed, full of roots and littered with prickly oak leaves. I have tried to grow many things here, but only a few plants are successful. The three blue marguerite plants I put here several years ago have grown into small shrubs. They are always in bloom with pretty blue flowers, even in the winter months. They blend well with the pink thyme and white Santa Barbara daisies, giving a wild flower garden look. I occasionally deadhead spent flowers to freshen up the appearance.

Positive

On Jun 2, 2011, mommaO from Limerick
Ireland wrote:

Really lovely when they're in bloom... gathered lots of fluffy seeds yesterday from mine only problem is getting the fluff off, it's either static or sticky and i'm not sure when to sow the seeds i'v collected... can i do it now or do i have to wait till next spring? and if i can't get the fluff off does it really matter? I'm a newbie gardner take pity on me lol

Positive

On Feb 8, 2011, gardenkim from West Hollywood, CA wrote:

This low maintenance plant flowers year-round in my West Hollywood, California garden. I have one mound that is 15 years old, and still robust.

Positive

On Jan 11, 2011, hortulaninobili from St. Louis, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

Felicia amelloides:

The Latin root word indicates 'happy' - as this plant's growth habit alludes. I have grown this plant only in containers and usually performs well. During extreme summer heat and humidity, plant can suffer, and if in pot or container, benefits from a light misting or watering to cool off. Probably best in morning sun/afternoon shade in hot and humid climates. If it wilts irreparable damage may occur even though considered drought-tolerant.

I have never experimented with trying to overwinter in a garage or basement, nor have I tried to squeeze some hardiness zones into it.

Probably one of the few effective true blue flowering plants, and even more rare, a blue daisy family member, it should receive wider attention in temperate... read more

Positive

On Nov 27, 2009, brianhkim from Irvine, CA wrote:

I am trying to find a field of blue daisies to propose to your girlfriend in. Please let me know if you can help. my email:brianhkim@cox.net cellphone:9492949356

Neutral

On Aug 18, 2009, SusanLouise from Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

It's a lovely compact annual plant here in Lincoln, Nebraska. However, it stops blooming in mid-August. Too bad it doesn't continue til the 1st frost...

Positive

On Mar 16, 2007, QuercusAlba from Beverly, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

In coastal Massachusetts, this beautiful South African daisy performs impressively in sunny locations as an annual and a container plant. Once established, it dependably withstands our midsummer heats and droughts. Cultivar "Capetown Blue" is best for bloom quantity and continuity, though the straight species has larger flowers and even more intense blue color. All forms remain effective in the landscape well into the autumn. The plant overwinters well on a cool, sunny windowsill.

Positive

On Jul 16, 2005, ramito from San Diego, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Hints say 'do not overwater' but I have them in the ground near landscaping sprinkers - they got soaked 3-4 times a week & not only do fine but are speading wildly. They get sun/partial shade. My wife calls the 'blue tanks' as they have pushed into other areas of the garden!

Positive

On Jul 2, 2005, angelam from melbourne
Australia wrote:

This daisy flowers all Winter. Leaving cutting it back until Spring can result in a very leggy plant that drops dead when cut back hard. A mid-season trim can prevent this. However I find the plant layers itself quite readily and is easily grown from cutting so I always have a few in pots to replace any losses. The daisy is a genuine blue, and is lovely with Spring bulbs.

Positive

On Aug 20, 2004, pokerboy from Canberra
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

Great daisy flowers. grows to 30cm high. Drought tolerant however without water during dry spells it can look quite straggly.Great for rockeries pots and flower beds. Trim it lightly after flowering to promote bushiness and remove old flowers. Good evergreen perennial. pokerboy.

Neutral

On Aug 8, 2001, killerdaisy from Dallas, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Grows 1-2 feet tall and 4-5 feet wide when left untrimmed. Flowers close at night and on overcast days. Cool-season annual in zones 7-8, perennial in zones 9-11, but difficult to keep looking healthy beyond the first year. Mostly pest-free, though aphids, beech scale, scab, or caterpillars can cause trouble.