February 18, 2016

Blue Marguerite Daisy

Imagine the sky on a bright spring day, and you'll have the color of blue marguerite daisy's petals in your mind. This South African native plant adds a surprising splash of true blue to container gardens, beds, and borders in the home landscape.

Blue marguerite daisy grows best in areas with dry, but cool and mild, summers—making it an excellent choice for many gardens in the West and Northeast. In areas with mild, frost-free winters, it grows as a shrubby perennial that blooms throughout the summer and fall.

 

genus name
  • Felicia amelloides
light
  • Part Sun,
  • Sun
plant type
height
  • 1 to 3 feet
width
  • 1 to 2 feet
flower color
foliage color
season features
zones
  • 10,
  • 11
propagation

What to Pair With Blue Marguerite Daisy

Blue marguerite daisy's sky-blue flowers with yellow centers pair beautifully with just about anything in the garden. Pair it with white-flowering and silver-leafed plants such as sweet alyssum, lobelia, dusty miller, or eucalyptus for a soft, elegant look. Or go for a high-contrast display by pairing it with plants that bear bold yellow or orange flowers—such as marigold, moss rose, million bells, or zinnia.

Growing Blue Marguerite Daisy

Grown as an annual in most of North America, blue marguerite daisy thrives in a sunny spot with at least 6 hours of direct sun per day. It appreciates cool weather and usually starts to fade once temperatures regularly stay above 85 degrees F. If you live in an area with especially hot summers, you can extend the plant's bloom season a little longer into the summer by giving it some afternoon shade.

Like many plants native to South Africa, blue marguerite daisy does best in well-drained soil. Avoid planting it in soil that has a lot of heavy clay. If you're in an area where soils contain more than their fair share of clay, grow this plant in container gardens or raised beds where you can control the drainage better.

If you have trouble finding this flowering annual available as transplants at the garden center, grow it from seed. Start it indoors about six weeks before the last expected frost. Acclimate it to life outdoors by giving it a spot in the shade before exposing it to full sun.

Blue marguerite daisy doesn't require pruning, though deadheading (removing old, faded flowers) will encourage it to produce more flowers. Take cuttings in fall, and root them in moist potting soil. Overwinter plants in a bright window, and replant in spring.

Plant Blue Marguerite Daisy With:

Calibrachoa will trail over the edge of a container, while blue marguerite stands tall in the center of the pot. Choose a complementary or contrasting hue.

A perfect container pairing, dichondra and blue marguerite create a lush planting that keeps its stellar looks for months.

Complement the blue marguerite's bright yellow center with a nearby planting of easy-to-grow marigolds.


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