Swan River daisy is an herbaceous, bushy and spreading annual that is native to western and southern Australia. It has downy-soft gray-green leaves with a showy display of blue-purple, violet-pink flowers all summer long, often with black eyes in the middle of the daisy flowers. Being compact plants, they have particular favor for use in hanging baskets.
Swan River daisy can survive in a variety of soil conditions and is drought tolerant, but requires well drained soil and full sun. Pinch back plants throughout the growing season for fresh flushes of new blossoms. This plant is perfect as a bedding plant, edging, mixed border member or as part of a container or seasonal hanging basket.
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Genus - Brachyscome
Species - Iberidifolia
Common name - Swan River Daisy
Germination rate - 90%
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Plant type - Annual Flower
Hardiness zones - 3 - 10
Exposure - Full Sun
Height - 0.20 - 0.30 m
Spread - 0.15 m
Growth rate - Medium
Bloom season - June - October
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Violet - Blue
Soil PH - Acidic, neutral (pH 6-7)
Soil type - Loam, sand, well drained
Water requirements - Drought tolerant, average
Landscape uses - Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border
When planting Brachycome outdoors (from April to May) it is best to sow out the seeds on the surface, then give them a light covering after the last frost of spring. Sowing should continue every three weeks or so throughout the season.
If you plan to first grow Brachycome indoor then they should be prepared 8 weeks before putting out before the last frost of spring.
Germination of Brachycome species usually takes around two to three weeks when performed at +18-22C.
Seedlings should be planted out at a spacing of 15 to 20cm in a sunny or partially shaded area. Ideally the soil should be rich and of a pH of 6 to 7.
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