Cladanthus: Palm Springs daisy

Height 75cm (2-1/2ft)

Planting distance 30cm (12in)

Flowers from early summer until autumn

Any well-drained soil

Full sun

Hardy annual

The Palm Springs daisy (Cladanthus arabicus) deserves to be better known for it is an easy and accommodating plant, thriving in a wide range of conditions and sites and producing an abundance of flowers from early summer until the first autumn frosts. It grows up to 75cm (2-1/2ft) tall and forms a steadily increasing mound of pale green feathery leaves. These, like the flowers, are pungently aromatic.

The dainty foliage is almost completely hidden by a succession of single daisy-like flowers, golden-yellow and fragrant and about 5cm (2in) wide.

Palm Springs daisies are ideal for growing in groups of five to seven plants in herbaceous and annual borders. They are not suitable for cutting.

Cultivation

Palm Springs daisies will grow in any kind of soil, even poor ones, and in partial shade, but the best results are obtained in light and well-drained soil, in a sunny position.

Sow the seeds thinly in the flowering site, in early to mid spring, covering them lightly with soil. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, thin them out to stand 30cm (12in) apart. When flowering begins, dead-head the blooms regularly to extend the flowering season.

Pests and diseases

Generally trouble free.

22. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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