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This is one of many pages describing plants and animal life that we have in our garden. In many cases, we don't know what they are. Comments welcome.

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These flowers are Gazanias. They're particularly hardy plants.

“Hardy” means “capable of handling whatever the weather brings”. In Europe it tends to mean that the plant can tolerate heavy frost. Here in Australia it means that the plant can tolerate heavy drought.

I found it by chance in a bed that I hadn't ever watered. Peter Jeremy tells me that it's a Gazania, which seems reasonable, and Leonne confirms, adding that they self-seed.


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More Gazanias

Leonne tells me that these are another kind of Gazania.


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Propagating gazanias

Leonne says that the gazanias self-seed. I haven't seen that, but they are very easy to propagate by cuttings: just cut off a stem and stick it into the ground. They don't even seem to need watering. On 12 March 2008 I planted some gazanias (including the one above) in a new bed, and they grew like fury. Unfortunately, the kangaroos took a liking to them, so we decided to divide them and let them conquer. We now have about 8 plants, including the one with these flowers on it:


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The yellow flowers in the background of the first photo are the yellow gazanias.


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