This New Zealand daisy Celmisia Spectabilis found at high altitude makes an excellent garden plant.
This New Zealand daisy found at high altitude makes an excellent garden plant. A perennial which thrives in cool moist climates makes it ideal for the Aberdeen garden. The leaves of this plant are in fact evergreen, and I use the term perennial, in this case with a little uncertainty.
Celmisia Spectabilis has silver grey/green lance shaped leaves, the white daisy flowers with yellow centre are 5cm 2in across borne on whitish/green woolly stems. Looks great placed at the front of the border or between small shrubs. It is essential that you plant Celmisia in free draining soil with plenty grit added.
Normally flowers early/mid June, Flowers don’t last very long, cut back the stems as soon as they have faded and you will get a second flush in August.
If you have been planning a garden that looks good all year round, this one will have a place in your scheme.
Harsh Winters have had no adverse effect on this worthy plant. At one time because of the short flowering period I would not have entertained it, glad I have seen sense since then.
Hardiness – Fully Hardy
Soil – Humus Rich, Slightly Acidic
Position – Full sun/Partial shade
Height – 30cm/12in
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