How to care for Blue Marguerite (Felicea amelloides)



The blue marguerite is a native of South Africa. This plant has sky-blue color that contrasts nicely with each flower's bright yellow center. The blue marguerite is a tender plant, although except for Zones 9, 10, and occasionally 8, the plant will not live over winter.  The scientific name of this plant is Felicia amelloides.
Furthermore, this plant is an erect sub-shrub that grows from one to two feet tall. Blue marguerite has glossy, and deep green leaves with flowers on relatively short stems that is in sky-blue to darker shades centered with a yellow eye.



How to grow blue marguerite

Blue marguerite really thrives in moist but well-drained soil, and also in full sun to partial shade. From my little experience hot weather causes their decline. At their young stage pinching out the tips will induce bushiness. You can plant outside after all danger of frost has passed, spacing them nine to twelve inches apart.



The propagation of blue marguerite

Blue marguerite is propagated by seed or by cuttings. Also trailing forms are really available only by cuttings. The seed-grown plants are mostly upright. You can sow seeds six to eight weeks prior to planting out after all danger of frost has passed. The germination rate and the speed rate are improved by refrigerating the seeds in a moistened medium for three weeks prior to sowing. Most times germination takes up to thirty days at 70 degrees Fahrenheit.  

Furthermore, blue marguerite can be group in beds and borders or they can be use in moist rock gardens. Blue marguerite combines well in containers with other flowers.
Some of the related species of blue marguerite is Felicia bergerana which is called the "kingfisher daisy." The kingfisher daisy is smaller than Felicia amelloides and the leaves are longer and narrow. This particular specie can grows to about eight inches tall with bright blue flowers with yellow centers.

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