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Colorado Gold Gazania

Gazania linearis 'Colorado Gold'

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Colorado Gold Gazania (Gazania linearis 'Colorado Gold') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Gazania linearis 'Colorado Gold' flowers

Gazania linearis 'Colorado Gold' flowers

(Photo courtesy of V. Trattar)

Plant Height:  3 inches

Flower Height:  5 inches

Spacing:  10 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Hardy Gazania

Description:

This cold hardy gazania has bright yellow, daisy-like flowers, sometimes with a curious brown ring around the center disk; thick, glossy, dark-green leaves with silvery undersides form a mat

Ornamental Features

Colorado Gold Gazania features showy yellow daisy flowers with gold eyes and a dark brown ring at the ends of the stems from early summer to early fall. Its attractive glossy narrow leaves remain dark green in color with curious silver undersides throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Colorado Gold Gazania is an herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Self-Seeding

Colorado Gold Gazania is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Colorado Gold Gazania will grow to be only 3 inches tall at maturity extending to 5 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 8 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. 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 division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Colorado Gold Gazania is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading 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.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features