LIVINGSTONE DAISY MESEMBRRYANTHEMUM LOADS OF COLOURS! SUCCULENT STEMS DROUGHT TOLERANT $2.30 $1.50

LIVINGSTONE DAISY! A FASCINATING HABIT OF ONLY OPENING IN THE SUNSHINE! YOU CAN ACTUALLY WATCH THEM OPENING AND CLOSING AS THE CLOUDS PASS OVER! A VERY SUNNY AND HAPPY FLOWER! GORGEOUS COLOURS! SUCCULENT STEMS FOR DROUGHT TOLERANCE!

Livingstone daisies belong to one of many species that are simply described as being daisy-like. Like the daisy, it has many long, slender flower petals with slightly rounded points at the ends.

One of the best-loved features about this species is that it comes in a wide variety of colours, including white, pink, fuchsia, purple, yellow, red, and orange. Many are even multicoloured, like the fuchsia-yellow and red-orange varieties.

They are re-bloomers, which means that they will continue to produce flowers until the growth season has ended. This is particularly beneficial to individuals who like to enjoy cut flowers indoors while still having plenty of blooms outside for landscaping aesthetics.

This plant produces very bright and eye-catching flowers that are sure to make your planting and care efforts well worthwhile!

Gardeners like the Livingstone daisy for its habit of carpeting a patch of ground with bright-coloured blooms. A large garden bed or plot of land seeded with this annual flower is a cheery sight that provides non-stop colour. The Livingstone daisy will draw butterflies to a garden and brighten up a dull spot, and it also does well in a rock garden or scattered along a walkway among paving bricks or stones.

The Livingstone daisy also is known as Dorotheanthus bellidiformis, but some seed manufacturers and gardeners still call it by its old name, Mesembryanthemum, a Greek word that refers to the flower?s habit of opening only in full sun.

Another name for this succulent is ice plant, which comes from the plant appearing as if it is sporting small drops of shiny ice. These droplets, a kind of water blister, are known as bladders.

The bright flower originated in South Africa and was first described by a 17th century botanist. It is believed the name Mesembryanthemum was first ascribed to the Livingstone daisy in the mid-18th century.

The seeds first travelled to North America by ship in the early 16th century, unintentionally mixed with sand that was brought aboard as ballast. When the ship landed in North America to take on cargo, the sand was discarded and the flower seeds took root, spreading quickly. One common use for the Livingstone daisy is as a form of erosion control.

SEEDS ARE SMALL.

Grow Notes
Prefers full sun in well-draining soil.

The Livingstone daisy is drought tolerant.

A mature plant will protect itself from night-time moisture in the air, and in overcast weather, by its habit of opening only in full sun. The plant reaches 20cm tall and 30cm wide.

Sow
Sow direct or raise seedlings in Autumn, early Winter (and Spring in cool climates) by planting seeds 3mm deep. Space plants 15cms apart.

Keep soil moist, not wet until germination. After this ease off to allow the soil to dry out between watering.

Germination
7-14 days at 15-25°C

Maturity
140 days.

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Seed Count: 50
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