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Dorotheanthus bellidiformis is commonly used in rockery gardens to provide colour during Spring. It may also be used as a mass planting in flowerbeds for striking effect as the days warm up. It is very attractive when planted between grey paving stones. It attracts butterflies. The flowers open in sunlight and are closed on overcast days. They appear in breath taking scenes in spring in dry areas after winter rains.
Seeds can be harvested when ripe.
Sow seed in trays or in situ in Autumn in a light and moist soil medium, germination takes 1 -3 weeks, plant out 4-5 weeks after germination. Keep soil moist.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts butterflies to the garden.
These plants can survive on small amounts of water.
Africa, South Africa, Cape Peninsula, West Coast, Ysterfontein, Darling
Soil PH preference
Red, Orange, White, Pink, Yellow, Cream
Generally problem free