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Ursinia Genus

Jewel of the veldt

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Ursinia genus (Jewel of the veldt). There are about 40 species of annuals, perennials, subshrubs and shrubs. They have pinnate, fern-like foliage and will bear terminal clusters of yellow, white, orange or occasionally red flowers with purple or yellow centres. They are half hardy to frost tender, min 5-7C and will need full light with well drained soil. They will require good ventilation if grown under glass. Propagation is by seed or greenwood cuttings in the spring.

Characteristics

Annuals or Perennials, Evergreens, Fragrants

Other common names

Hook sedge

Origin

S. Africa

Interest and use

Grown mainly for their flower-heads usually in summer, a few species for their foliage.

Cultivation

They are either marginally frost hardy to frost tender, and require a warm, dry climates, Give them full sun and well-drained, moderately fertile soil. You can propagate from cuttings or seed in the spring. Requires good ventilation if grown under glass.

Propagation

Seed or greenwood cuttings in spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Aphids are sometimes troublesome.

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