Plant of the Day
Saturday 13 June 2015
Gazania linearis (treasure flower) was introduced to cultivation in England in the 19th century and was mentioned in the Gardeners’ Chronicle in 1883 (as Gazania longiscapa). It is native to South Africa in areas of summer rainfall and here has been grown from seed in a layer of coarse sand and grit at RHS Wisley Garden, UK, as part of the on-going research work by Dr James Hitchmough into more pictorial displays in landscapes using annuals and herbaceous perennials often as meadow-like features. The plant needs sunny, free draining conditions with moisture in the summer.