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Mezoo Trailing Red Livingstone Daisy

Dorotheanthus bellidiformis 'Mesbicla'

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Mezoo Trailing Red Livingstone Daisy (Dorotheanthus bellidiformis 'Mesbicla') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Dorotheanthus bellidiformis 'Mezoo Trailing Red' foliage

Dorotheanthus bellidiformis 'Mezoo Trailing Red' foliage

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Height:  6 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  formerly Mesembryanthemum criniflorum

Description:

This trailing succulent variety features glossy blue-green foliage with creamy margins; rose-red daisy like flowers from late spring until fall; great for containers and baskets or as a sunny garden groundcover

Ornamental Features

Mezoo Trailing Red Livingstone Daisy features dainty red daisy flowers with gold eyes at the ends of the stems from early summer to mid fall. Its attractive succulent heart-shaped leaves remain bluish-green in color with distinctive creamy white edges throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Mezoo Trailing Red Livingstone Daisy is an herbaceous annual with a trailing habit of growth, eventually spilling over the edges of hanging baskets and containers. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Mezoo Trailing Red Livingstone Daisy is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

Mezoo Trailing Red Livingstone Daisy will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Mezoo Trailing Red Livingstone Daisy is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. Because of its trailing habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
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Characteristics
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Applications
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Ornamental Features