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Felicia amelloides
Trees and shrubs | Flowers | Magnoliopsida

Scientific name - Felicia amelloides

Genus Felicia was named the Cassini AHG in 1818 by Felix, a German official at Regensburg who died in 1846.

Felicia amelloides first cinerary amelloides was named by Linnaeus in 1763 and in 1894 named Felicia amelloides.

Synonyms -  

Popular names - blue felicia bush, shrubby Felicia Blue Marguerite, Paris Daisy, bloumagriet, Blouse-asterjie.

Distribution and Habitat - grows in coastal regions of Cape Province (South Africa), up to 1000 m altitude.

Description - evergreen undergrowth, 30-60 x 50 cm, highly branched stem. Leaves opposite, linear to ovata, whole, Sesi. Calatidiu blossom, terminal, 3.5 cm diameter. Blooms in May-June.

Growth rate - fast.

Tolerant - wind and drought.

Requirements - sandy soil with organic matter adaus, well-drained, prefers morning sun and afternoon shade.

Management - Past flowers are clipped to encourage new flourishing.

Propagation - by seeds and seedlings in the spring.

Diseases and pests

Natural partners and Garden - Aster, Chrysocoma, Conyza, Erigeron, Pteronia.

Cultivars and varieties - 'Astrid Thomas' blue flowers, 'Monstrosa' flowers than 7 cm in diameter, 'Santa Anita Variegata' stipelate green leaves and white, 3-5 cm in diameter, 'Variegata' leaves with white edges.

Properties and Uses

Myth, Legend and Folklore

References

Allan M. Armitage - Armitage's Manual of Annuals, Biennials and Half-Hardy Perennials - Timber Press, 2001

David S. MacKenzie - Timber Press Pocket Guide to Ground Covers - Timber Press, 2006

Shane Smith, Marjorie Leggitt - Greenhouse Gardener's Companion - Fulcrum, 2000

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