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Embrace Water-Wise Gardening with Indigenous African Daisies. Namaqualand has long been celebrated for its breathtaking annual showcase of wildflowers, drawing crowds of nature enthusiasts every spring. Amidst this vibrant display, African Daisies stand out as stars of the show, gracing both the wild landscapes of Namaqualand and our very own gardens in Gauteng.

Also known as Namaqualand Daisies, these indigenous beauties offer not only a burst of colour but also a sustainable, water-wise solution for dry, sunny spots in your garden.

In just nine weeks after planting, these African Daisies, growing around 30cm high, burst into a kaleidoscope of hues, ranging from sunny yellows to fiery oranges and delicate whites with a captivating brown centre. Their rapid growth and low water requirements make them an ideal addition to your winter garden, requiring minimal fertiliser or soil preparation.

Fun fact: The term "Daisy" originates from the ancient Saxon term "Day's eye," highlighting the flower's tendency to open its "eye" during the day and close at night.


Sow some awesome indigenous colour
Sow some awesome
indigenous colour
Namac’s Grow in full Sun and Poor Soil
Namac's Grow in full
Sun and Poor Soil

So, why are African Daisies so resilient? Nature has honed these flowers for survival in challenging environments. Thriving in arid climates with sandy soils, they are well-adapted to withstand the harsh conditions of Namaqualand, where coastal areas are cool and inland regions scorchingly hot and dry. All this makes them the perfect choice for a neglected spot or an area that has poor soil.

Planting couldn't be simpler. Prepare the soil by lightly raking its surface and scattering the seeds evenly. Then, gently rake the area again to cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil. Don't fret if you still see some seeds peeking through; they'll settle in once you water them. During germination, water daily until the seeds sprout, then transition to a weekly watering schedule, or adjust as needed based on your local conditions.


Another indigenous daisy Bokbaaivygies
Another indigenous
daisy Bokbaaivygies
White African Daisies make a show
White African Daisies
make a show

Looking to diversify your indigenous garden? Consider adding other water-wise varieties like Bokbaaivygie, Gazanias, or Felicia. For a charmingly eclectic touch, opt for a mix of Namaqualand flowers, combining these delightful species into one vibrant ensemble.

By cultivating African Daisies and other indigenous plants, not only do you enhance the beauty of your surroundings, but you also contribute to preserving water resources and supporting local ecosystems. So, let's nurture our gardens with these water-wise wonders and watch them bloom with life and colour.

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