603 Gamolepis chrysanthemoidesCommon Names: African bush-daisy, daisy-bush, Paris daisy Family: Asteraceae (aster/daisy Family)
African bush-daisy is a herbaceous perennial or sub-shrub that grows in a mound-like bush up to 3 ft (0.9 m) tall and 4 ft (1.2 m) wide. It has dark glossy-green, pinnately compound leaves, and yellow daisy-like flowers. The leaves are alternate, glabrous (hairless), about 2 in (5.1 cm) long, and crowded at the ends of the branches. The flower heads are about 2 in (5.1 cm) across and borne on peduncles (flower stems) about 5 in (12.7 cm) long.
Gamolepis chrysanthemoides, the bush daisy is native to South Africa.
CultureAfrican bush-daisy will grow in acidic to slightly alkaline soils. Light: For best flowering, grow in full sun. Moisture: African bush-daisy is moderately drought tolerant, but it should be kept well watered for maximum flowering. Hardiness: USDA Zones 8 - 11. African bush-daisy is an evergreen sub-shrub in zones 10 and 11. Farther north it dies to the ground in winter when temperatures dip to about 20ºF (-12.2ºC), but re-emerges in spring. Propagation: By seeds.
Use in a perennial border or as a stand-alone specimen. Bush-daisy also is grown in planters and as a foundation plant. Plant African bush-daisy against a wall, so it won't fall over as it gets taller.
In the right location, African bush-daisy forms a striking mound of brilliant yellow flowers that seem to float above the shiny green foliage. In south Florida it blooms nearly year-round.
Steve Christman 12/11/99; updated 11/1/03, 1/20/08