Gorteria diffusa, Beetle Daisy

Gorteria diffusa

Beetle Daisy
Family: Asteraceae
Origin: South Africa
Small plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterYellow, orange flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Gorteria diffusa, popularly known as Beetle Daisy, is a small plant species native to South Africa. Its size ranges from a height of 2 to 5 feet, making it a great choice for small gardens and patios. Its yellow and orange flowers are attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, making it a fantastic addition to any wildlife garden.

Gorteria diffusa grows best in full sun and moderately moist soil. It is also quite drought tolerant and can be grown in USDA Zones 9-11, making it an ideal choice for warm climates. However, it can still be grown in cold, temperate regions as long as it is planted in a pot and brought in for the winters, when temperatures can drop below freezing.

In terms of care and maintenance, Gorteria diffusa is an easy to grow plant that requires little to no effort. Water regularly during the spring and summer, when the plant is actively growing, and reduce watering during the winters when the plant goes dormant. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer at the beginning of the season and every month or two. Deadheading the flowers will encourage continuous flowering and, if pruned by at least half in late winter, your plant will reach optimum size and form.

Gorteria diffusa, Beetle Daisy

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