Pachystegia insignis, Olearia insignis, Marlborough Rock Daisy

Pachystegia insignis, Olearia insignis

Marlborough Rock Daisy
Family: Asteraceae
Origin: New Zealand
USDA Zone: 8-10?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Pachystegia insignis is a small endemic shrub of Marlborough, New Zealand. Commonly known as Marlborough Rock Daisy, the plant is a perfect choice for seaside gardens, as it is very salt tolerant. A Pachystegia insignis will grow up to 2 to 5 ft tall and features oblong, leathery leaves. The leaves range from light to deep green, depending on the time of year. A sunny site with regular watering is best for this small plant, in order for it to flourish and rewards the gardener with beautiful white and off-white flowers. While the plant will survive light frost, it is best grown in USDA Zone 8-10.

In cold regions, Pachystegia insignis is best grown in a pot and brought indoors on colder nights. A well-draining potting mix that is not too heavy is best, with a generous amount of organic material. Watering should be done at least twice a week - more frequent in dry and hot weather. A regular application of fertilizer during the growing season will ensure the health of the plant. Pruning can be done in early spring to keep the shrub neat and shapely.

With the right care, a Pachystegia insignis is a beautiful addition to the garden in summers. The plant is a great choice to decorate the garden with its white and off-white flowers, and its salt tolerance makes it an ideal addition to seaside gardens.

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Pachystegia insignis, Olearia insignis, Marlborough Rock Daisy

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