Gazania rigens (syn. G. splendens), sometimes called treasure flower, is a species of flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to southern Africa. It is naturalised elsewhere and is widely cultivated as an ornamental garden plant. It is a spreading, low-growing, half-hardy perennial, growing to 50 cm (20 in) tall and wide, with blue-grey foliage and brilliant yellow, daisy-like composite flowerheads throughout the summer.
A very popular and widely grown garden plant. Numerous cultivars and hybrids of coastal gazania (Gazania rigens) are grown in Australia. Common cultivars include ‘Buccaneer’, ‘Chansonette’ and ‘Yellow Buttons’, while the Daybreak and Sunshine Giant hybrids are also popular.
In addition two smaller-flowered varieties, with flower-heads less than 4 cm across, are also cultivated (i.e. Gazania rigens var. leucolaena and Gazania rigens var. uniflora). Gazania rigens var. leucolaena has leaves with white cobwebby hairs on both surfaces, while Gazania rigens var. uniflora has upper leaf surfaces that are green and virtually hairless.
Vibrant and cheery 4 inch blossoms wake up as the sun brightens throughout the day. Amazing contrast of deep red, creamy white, hot pink, bright yellow and flaming orange are openly displayed atop a strong, sturdy branched green stem. The combination of colors would make a beautiful accent to any border, ground-cover or container.
2 1/2-inch daisies arise in every combination of bright colors in the Gazania family, all on dwarf plants you can put even in a small container for big results! Boasting up to 10 blooms per small plant, this is the most floriferous as well as the longest-blooming and most colorful Gazania yet!
Bold shades of yellow, gold, mahogany, purple, rose, orange, and red in every pattern greet you above the glossy dark green foliage of Kiss and Tell. They begin in earliest summer and then repeat ceaselessly until fall.
In the Garden
This tough plant endures poor soil, baked conditions, and drought beautifully and still produces bold-color, daisy-like flowers from summer to frost.
A perennial in Zones 9-11 — the hottest parts of the country — gazania is grown as an annual elsewhere and blooms from mid-summer to frost. A summer plant often grown as an annual, gazania bears boldly colored daisy-shaped flowers from summer to frost. The flowers appear over toothed dark green or silver leaves (the foliage color differs between varieties). They’re great in beds and borders and containers, too.
Heavy blooming (up to 10-15 flowers at one time), vigorous, mounding 8-10 inch tall plants produce enormous, 4.5 inch, striped flowers. Needs less water than most flowers and is an excellent choice for edging paths, or plant in parking strips, rock gardens or containers.
- Large, showy flowers in exotic colors.
- Blooms repeatedly throughout summer.
- Heat tolerant.
- Very low maintenance.
Caring & Growing
Gazanias are grown as outdoor perennials in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8b through 11, as annuals elsewhere.
Gazanias are sun-loving plants. They need exposure to full sunlight in order to bloom properly. Plant these flowers in a warm, bright location and make sure the plants are never shaded during the day. Gazanias love the bright glare of all-day sunlight.
Best grown in alkaline, well-drained light soils. Gazanias are tolerant of poor, dry or sandy soil. Heat and salty spray does not deter growth or blossoms either, making it a perfect specimen for growing in oceanfront areas.
Garzanias have a low water needs. Water from rain is usually sufficient enough in most areas of the nation. During dry spells, give plants a light watering once a month without soaking the ground. Allow soil to dry between watering.
If living in an area that gets a lot of rain, Garzanias may be better grown in a container or raised bed that drains water easily, rather than growing in the ground. They can suffer from root rot if cultivated in wet soil.
Once established, Garzanias require little to no care, with no need for fertilization. If grown as perennial, the plant may only require feeding once every spring.
Misc. Maintenance Tips
Deadhead the flowers as they fade to promote repeated blooming.