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The gazania flower, named for the 15th century Greek-Italian scholar Theodorus of Gaza, is a low maintenance South African annual that will brighten up your hard-to-landscape spaces. Gazania rigens (syn. G. splendens), sometimes called treasure flower, is a species of flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to southern Africa. It is naturalised elsewhere and is widely cultivated as an ornamental garden plant. It is a spreading, low-growing, half-hardy perennial, growing to 50 cm (20 in) tall and wide, with blue-grey foliage and brilliant yellow, daisy-like composite flowerheads throughout the summer.
Gazania is a half-hardy annual, and will bounce back from a light frost. In USDEA growing zones 9-11, gazanias may perform as perennials.
Due to numerous hybrids of Gazania, banded markings combined with rich shades of yellow, pink, purple, bronze, white, orange, red, and coral help gardeners decide what seedling strains to grow. Besides, Gazania’s growing habits are the same regardless of variety. Gazania parades abundant blooms from summer to winter. It is tolerant to drought, poor soil conditions, and can survive brief periods of frost. It closes up during night time and cloudy days as if taking a sleep and wakes up at a gaze of sunlight.