Carpet Daisy

Dymondia margaretae

Silver Carpet, Carpet Gazania, Tapytmadeliefie (Afr.)

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A unique carpet forming ground cover with silvery-green foliage dotted with small bright yellow daisy-looking flowers. It grows quickly and works as a soil stabilizer and is a good alternative to lawn as it can handle some traffic and does not need much maintenance. Can tolerate some shade in the day and is drought tolerant. Flowering all year round. ZA Distribution: Western Cape.

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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Spring

Fruiting time

Summer

Propagation

Seed

Space 200mm apart and sow very shallow.

Division

Mother plant will soon make little plants that can be removed and replanted. Dence carpet can be divided.

Special features

Attracts useful insects

Drought resistant

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Special features

Origin

Southern Overberg area from Agulhas to Potberg.

Natural climate

Coastal flats in Mediterranean climate

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand, Clay

Soil PH preference

Alkaline, Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Notes

An excellent ground cover (mat-forming) and soil stabilizer.

Personality

Family

Asteraceae

Flower colour

Yellow

Scent

None

Problems

Few pests and too wet conditions can lead to rot.

Credits

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Dymondia margaretae by Monique McQuillan and Norma Lucas, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, November 2009 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)