Daisy - True Blue Kingfisher Daisy (Felicia heterophylla) Blue Daisy Blue Felicia Daisies Flower
Height 20 in
This is a beauty! Native to South Africa, the Kingfisher daisy is also known as the Blue Kingfisher Daisy, Blue Daisy Bush or Blue Felicia, and is a hairy, soft, annual (usually perennial in warmer climates) evergreen plant in the family Asteraceae that is grown for its masses of bright sky blue delicate 3/4 in wide blooms with bright yellow centres and bears gray-green, leaves that are inversely-lance shaped and very aromatic.
Typically found along the southern coast of South Africa and grows as ground cover; this plant produces many very regular branches and mostly grows to about 50 cm high, rarely to 1 m. Where summers are cool, Felicia daisy often blooms from late spring until autumn. In hot climates, the plant usually stops blooming when temperatures rise in midsummer. Felicia daisy prefers full sunlight, but afternoon shade is beneficial in hot, sunny climates. The plant isn’t fussy and grows in nearly any well-drained soil.
- Full Sun
- Well draining soil
- Start seeds indoors in cell packs or peat free pots 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost. Thin the seedlings to a distance of 10 to 12 in (25-31 cm.) when the blue daisies are 3 to 4 in (8-10 cm) tall. This is the best time to pinch the top inch (2.5 cm.) from shoot tips, which promotes bushy, fuller growth.
- OR If you live where summers are cool, plant seeds directly outdoors soon after the last frost.
- Provide water to keep the soil lightly moist - never soggy - until the roots are established. Once the plant is established and shows healthy new growth, an occasional watering is sufficient. Water deeply to saturate the roots, then let the soil dry before watering again.
- Care: as soon as the blooms fade, deadhead to prevent the plant from going to seed and to encourage continual blooms as long as possible. Prune the plant lightly when it begins to look tired in midsummer, then cut it down hard in late summer for a flush of new growth.
- Harvest the seeds when the blooms have faded and store in a cool dark place.
- Seed Count: 30