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How to Grow Venidium Plants

Guide to Growing Cape Daisy, Monarch of the Veldt, and Namaqua-land Daisy

Plants belonging to the Venidium genus are half hardy annuals that range in height from 45 to 60 cm.

Venidium have silver coloured lobed leaves and bloom in the summer carrying daisy like flowers of orange or yellow with black centres.

Some commonly grown garden Venidium include Cape Daisy, Namaqualand Daisy, and Monarch of the Veldt.

Venidium
Venidium - Namaqua-land Daisy by Nekonomania; Creative Commons.

Venidium fastuosum
Venidium fastuosum by Koizumi.

Venidium Growing and Care Guide

Common Names: Cape Daisy, Monarch of the Veldt, Namaqua-land Daisy.
Life Cycle: Half hardy annual.
Height: 16 to 24 inches (40 to 60 cm).
Native: Southern Africa.
Growing Region: Zones 6 to 10.
Flowers: Summer.
Flower Details: White (brown and orange at the petal base), yellow, orange. Sunflower-like ray and disc florets.
Foliage: Deeply lobed.
Sow Outside: 1/8 inch (6 mm). Warm areas: late summer, autumn and/or winter. Spacing 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 cm).
Sow Inside: Germination time: one to two weeks. Temperature 60°F (16°C). Nine or ten weeks before expected last frost. Transplant outdoors following the last frost.
Requirements: Full sunlight. Light soils. Dry soils. Provide support. Occasional light feed.

How to Grow Cape Daisy and other Venidium Plants in the Garden

Unless you live in a warm area it is best to grow Venidium plants such as Cape Daisy indoors. Sow the seeds at a depth of 3 mm about ten weeks before you expect the last frost of spring in your area. Venidium seeds will take about one or two weeks to germinate at a temperature of 15 to 18 degrees centigrade. Transplant the Cape daisy (Venidium) seedlings outdoors following the last frost at a spacing of 30 cm. Ideally Venidium species should grow in a sunny part of the garden and in a dry and light soil.

Caring for Venidium

Venidium plants like Cape Daisies are pretty easy plants to look after, water sparingly as they prefer a dry soil, stake larger varieties.