Pretty unpopular: this treasure flower, gazania, is on the list of the 10 most serious weeds sold in Australian nurseries. Scientists and conservationists want it banned.
Gazania is widespread and common in Victoria and naturalised in South Australia and Western Australia.
Gazania is a tough, low-growing perennial herb with lance-shaped leaves and brightly coloured daisy-like flowers in bronze, yellow and orange tones. It produces abundant wind-blown seeds and spreads rapidly. It withstands salt-laden winds and grows well in sandy soils. It is often spread in garden waste.
The related Coastal gazania, Gazania rigens, has become naturalised on coastal dunes and along roadsides from southern Sydney to the central coast, on the Eyre Peninsula and southern Mt Lofty region of South Australia and in the Moreton region of South-east Queensland.
Captured with Nikon D40X. 18-55mm Lens.