Felicia

Height 15-45cm (6-18in)

Planting distance 15-23cm (6-9in)

Flowers early summer to early autumn

Ordinary well-drained garden soil

Sunny, sheltered position

Half-hardy annual

This little-known South African plant is rather special as it is one of the few daisy look-alikes with blue flowers. These appear in great profusion throughout the summer, their slender blue petals arranged around a yellow central disc. The plants form attractive domes of grey-green foliage, and make excellent window-box fillers or edging for borders.

Popular species

Felicia amelloides, blue marguerite, has sky-blue flowers from early until late summer. They stand 45cm (18in) high, above the domes of mid-green foliage. Felicia bergeriana, the kingfisher daisy, is a dwarf species (15cm/6in high) with grey-green foliage and steel-blue flowers from early summer until early autumn.

Cultivation

Sow the seeds in pans of John Innes seed compost under glass in late winter to early spring, and keep at a temperature of 16°C (61°F). When the seedlings are large enough to handle, prick out into boxes or pots of potting compost and grow on at 10°C (50°F). Harden off, before planting out in mid to late spring. They will grow in any ordinary well-drained garden soil in a sunny sheltered position.

Dead-head by lightly shearing after the first flush to ensure a second display of flowers.

Pests and diseases

Trouble free.

22. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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