The extraordinary flowers of this plant are its most striking feature. Whilst the common name portrays it as a daisy, this plant in fact belongs to the gum tree family, Myrtaceae. It is a low growing shrub that has proven to be difficult to cultivate. It is best grown in a pot in the garden as its wispy habit can get crowded out in a rampant garden bed. It is sometimes grafted onto a tougher rootstock to try and improve its growing performance. Prune it straight after flowering and use a freely draining soil mix.
|Scientific Name:||Actinodium cunninghamii|
|Common Name:||Swamp Daisy|
|Plant Type:||Small shrub|
|Height:||0.5 ~ 1 metre|
|Width:||0.3 ~ 0.5 metres|
|Flower Colour:||White, Red|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral, Alkaline|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Potting mix|
|Plant Environment:||Courtyard, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Cold climate|
|Climate Zone:||Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Open foliage|
|Lifespan:||Perennial, Short lived|
|Soil Moisture:||Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Feature plant, Border plant, Wow factor|
|Special Uses:||Cut flower|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Butterflies|
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