Felicia drakensbergensis

Description

Asteraceae – Daisy family

Felicia drakensbergensis is a domed shaped and grey leaved shrub. It grows to a height of 0.1-0.3meters, same behaviour with any other high altitude shrub species. Blue flowers about 5mm in diameter, 8-13 ray florets. Full bloom December – February.  When in full flower, it completely covers the entire plant with flowers leaving the leaves and stems hidden from view.

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Felicia drakensbergensis with its distinctive blue flowers

Felicia drakensbergensis - Photo by Dr. Andreas Gröger

Cultivation and Care:

Makes a very attractive garden shrub with its perfect blue blooms, which can be grown from both seeds (spring) and cuttings (summer). Needs well-drained, loamy soil and a sunny position. Plant Felicia drakensbergensis in the rock garden. Suitable for a summer rainfall, water-wise garden.

Plant use:

It can also be used as an attractive garden plant or cut flower plant.

Distribution and habitat:

Grows in scrub and grassland usually on rocky or stony mountain slopes, and often in the boulder-bed scrub. Also seen at roadsides. It occurs naturally at an altitude of about: 2800-3400 msl. This species grows wild in the Northern region of Lesotho it can be easily seen from road side on the Northern road from Mahlasela-pass up to Lets’eng la terae.

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