Gazanias

The brilliant color patterns of Gazanias  always grab my attention, but I have never grown them until this year.  Recently I saw a single six pack of bedding plants at the local feed store and took them home.  Gazanias are considered a perennial here in lower Alabama and their reported tolerance for dry conditions might make them ideal candidtates for pot culture.  My recent interest in other composite flowers, the Zinnias and Gerberas, made Gazanias seem like a natural addition to the mix of projects.

I immediately set out to learn the details of their life cycle, particularly the fertilization of the flowers, seed production and germination.  One plant soon set seed, which I harvested and immediately planted.  Germination of this fresh seed was in a matterof days.  I now have several seedlings started from this seed. 

Here are a few pictures of the plant that was first to set seed.

Gazania No. 5

Gazania No. 5

...details of the color pattern

...details of the color pattern

Seed from Gazania No. 5

Seed from Gazania No. 5

First Gazania seedling

First Gazania seedling

There were 4 seedlings that were albino and did not survive

There were 4 seedlings that were albino and did not survive

Here is a Gallery of pictures of the nine Gazania plants I purchased.

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