Dimorphotheca aurantiaca (Asteraceae)
A hardy, spreading annual with daisy like flowers. A native of South Africa, it has naturalized throughout the southwestern United States. Blooms are 2--4 inches across in brilliant shades of white, yellow, and orange. An excellent variety to sow in early spring, as it will produce extravagant color for weeks. Prefers full sun in well drained soils. Sow in early spring, seedlings are not winter hardy. You will be delighted with this outstanding performer.
Suggested Use: Roadsides, floral gardens, arid regions, mixtures, open fields and rock gardens.
Miscellaneous: The genus name, Dimorphotheca, means "two shapes of seed" relating to the fact that the plant produces two nonidentical seed forms.
Average Planting Success: 70%
Height: 1---11/2 feet
Germination: 10-30 days
Optimum Soil Temp. for Germination:60°F--70°F
Sowing Depth: 1/16"
Blooming Period: April----August
Average Seeds Per Pound: 251,000
1 oz Covers: 303 sq.ft.
Seeding Rate: 9 lbs. per acre ...