Members of the Felicia genus are half hardy perennials that are grown as half hardy annuals by most gardeners.
They have pretty Blue petals and yellow eyes that resemble daisies.
Felicia has a very long flowering season from Summer through Autumn, and are beloved by gardeners who like to use them as either an edging plant or in borders.
They grow from 15 to 45 cm in height.
Some of the common names for Felicia include Kingfisher Daisy, Blue Daisy, and Blue Marguerite.
Felicia aethipica - Kingfisher Daisy by David Jones.
Common Names: Blue Daisy, Kingfisher Daisy, Shrub Aster, Blue Marguerite. Felicia: Prickly; Fine-leaved; Tricolor.
Life Cycle: Half hardy perennial usually grown as a half hardy annual by gardeners.
Height: 8 to 20 inches (20 to 50 cm).
Native: Southern Africa.
Growing Region: Zones 1 to 10. As a perennial in zones 9 and 10.
Flowers: Summer and autumn.
Flower Details: Blue and yellow, pink/mauve, white. Daisy-like. Ray florets/Disc florets.
Foliage: Narrow. Ovate.
Sow Outside: Cover seed. Following last frost. Spacing 6 to 18 inches (15 to 45cm).
Sow Inside: Mix seeds in a growing medium, place in a freezer bag, keep moist, then stratify by refrigeration for three weeks. Germination time: one month. Temperature 65 to 70°F (18 to 21°C). Seven or eight weeks before expected last frost. Transplant outdoors a few weeks after the the last frost when the minimum temperature remains above 41°F (5°C).
Requirements: Full sunlight. Good drainage. Average soils. Drought tolerant. Provide shelter from winds. Regular watering. Propagate: cuttings in late summer or autumn.
Kingfisher daisy and other Felicia can be grown outdoors by sowing out after the last frost of spring; the seeds should be lightly covered with topsoil. They like to grow in an area that is sunny and well drained, with an average soil. If you prefer to start Kingfisher daisies off indoors then they should be prepared about seven weeks before they are due to be put in the garden a few weeks after the last frost of spring. The seeds should be imbibed by placing the seeds (within soil) in a black bag, then placing in the refrigerator for three weeks. Seeds should then be allowed to germinate at a temperature of 15 to 21 degrees Celsius; they normally take about a month to germinate. Once growing Felicia should be planted out with a spacing of 15 cm (small) to 45 cm (large species).
It is easy to maintain Felicia; they should be watered in the dry months of summer. If you require more Felicia plants then cuttings can be took towards the end of summer.
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