Height 45cm (18in)
Planting distance 25-30cm (10-12in)
Flowers early summer to early autumn
Open sunny site
Tender perennial treated as half-hardy annual
This South African daisy-like annual is a particularly bright and graceful plant. The pale green finely dissected foliage forms a misty green mass, above which brilliant orange-yellow, purple-centredare borne. The floral display extends from early summer to early autumn. When each flower fades, the protective sepals around it become white.
Ursinias look best grown in mixed borders, in bedding schemes or in containers. They thrive in coastal gardens. The variety ‘Solar Fire’ (height 30cm/12in) has bright orange flowers.
Sow the seeds under glass in early spring at a temperature of 15°C (59°F), just covering them with compost. Prick out the seedlings into boxes. Harden off before planting out in late spring 25-30cm (10-12in) apart.
For the best results, grow in light, even poor soil in an open sunny site. The plants may need support with twiggy sticks.
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