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Plant Guide

Gazania rigens 'Gold Sun'

Common Name
Creeping Gazania/Treasure Flower
CA Native
Non-native
Plant Type
Ground Cover
Size
<1' x 2'
Flower Color
Bright Yellow
Bloom Time
  • Spring
  • Summer
Leaves
Gray-Green
Evergreen
Evergreen
Deer Resistant
Rarely Damaged
Wildlife Value
  • Bees
Growth Rate
Fast
Hardiness
Hardy
Adverse Growth Factors
None
Special Features
  • Low Maintenance
  • Showy Flowers
Water Use
  • Low
  • Moderate
Soil pH
Exposure
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
  • Shade
Soil Type
Not Particular
Drainage
Good Drainage
Description and Cultural Plant Tips

This is a trailing form of Gazania with daisy-like, bright yellow flowers and gray-green, fuzzy leaves. It grows quickly to form a mat-like ground cover. It is a short-lived perennial.  This is a very tough little plant and can withstand hot sun and dry conditions (looks better with some summer water.) It can be used in mass plantings on hillsides, along median strips, in the front of a perennial border or in containers. If you are using it at the front of a border, companion plants include; Nepeta racemosa 'Walkers Low' Achillea millefolium 'Rosea', Hemerocallis, Salvia greggii and Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldstrum'.

Plant slightly above soil grade in a light, loamy soil  If you have clay, add some compost to improve the drainage of the soil. Will grow best in full sun but will tolerate some light shade. To prevent dampening-off,  irrigate in the morning so that the leaves are dry by dusk. Prune in late winter to encourage new growth. Fertilize at that time. Can also prune after first spring flush for more abundant flowers in the summer.

No significant diseases or pests as long as there is no overhead watering which is applied early in morning. 

Bees and butterflies enjoy visiting this plant.

Master Gardener Comments
Varietals

G. rigens 'Moorpark Orange' - bright orange flowers

G. rigens 'Daybreak' - pale pink color

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