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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Pronounced: do-ro-thee-ANTH-us bel-id-ee-FORM-is
Sunset zones: All.
USDA zones: 11; treat as an annual.
Height: 6 inches (15 cm).
Width: 12 inches (30 cm).
Yellow, cream, pink, lavender and orange solitary daisy-like flowers. Flowers close during cloudy weather.
Succulent, ovate, light green leaves.
Low growing mounds.
Sandy, poor, well-drained soils.
None is neccessary.
Sow seed in late winter or early spring at 61-66°F (15-18°C).
Increase flower production by deadheading spent flowers.
Rainy Side Notes
The genus Dorotheanthus has only six species in it. Related to Delosperma (Ice plant), it too is a succulent. D. bellidiformis comes from South Africa and grows in the sub desert. It is lovely during cool weather; when hot weather arrives, the plant declines. This beautiful little perennial is treated as an annual in the Pacific Northwest. Start plants early and set them out in the garden after last frost.
Photographed in author's garden.