A medium sized, evergreen shrub with attractive silvery-grey foliage and cheerful yellow daisy flowers. Euryops pectinatus flowers freely and is very showy when in full flower.
It is a low maintenance, drought and cold hardy garden plant.
Family: ASTERACEAE (Daisy family).
- Euryops – from Greek ‘eurys’ large, and ‘ops’ eye, and refers to the bright flowers.
- pectinatus – A Latin word for comb or comb-like, implying that the feathery lobes of the leaves are comb-like.
Common Names: Golden Daisy, Woolly Resin Bush (Eng), and Goue magrietjie, Wolharpuisbos (Afr).
- A small, evergreen shrub with a rounded to oval body.
Size: 1 – 1.5 m by 75 cm – 1.5 m.
- Bright yellow (+/- 7cm) daisy type flowers.
- Flowers are borne on short stems above the foliage.
- Very showy when in full flower.
Colour: Bright yellow.
Euryops pectinatus bears many bright yellow daisy type flowers all year round, but most prolifically in spring and early summer.
The yellow flowers contrast nicely with the grey-silver foliage.
- Sep – Jan but may have some flowers all year.
Fragrance: Not fragrant
- The leaves are between 5 and 10 cm long.
- They are deeply lobed, giving a fern-like appearance.
- The leaves are grey-green to silvery grey in colour.
Thorns: No thorns.
- The seeds are borne on the floret disc and are small and dark.
In the Garden:
- This is a lovely garden plant. with its soft grey-green or silver-grey foliage and very showy flowers.
- Group in 3’s or 5’s or use in mass on embankments or as borders in large gardens.
- Plant single plants in strategic positions in small gardens where it can be a feature.
- They can be pruned up to form an attractive standard.
- Plant with other bright flowered plants like Tecomaria capensis, (orange, red or apricot) or Plumbago auriculate (blue or white) for showy and striking colour contrasts.
- Makes a very good container plant in a sunny position on a patio or courtyard.
Soil Needs: A well-drained and well composted soil.
- A low maintenance plant.
- Feed with organic fertilizer and mulch with compost.
- Dead-head old flowers to force more flowers.
- Prune to shape.
- Cut back to prevent plant for getting woody.
- Replace plants every 4 or 5 years.
Pests: Not prone to pest attack.
Euryops pectinatus, Golden Daisy or Goue magrietjie, effectively used as a groundcover in a large bed in a coumunal garden.
Euyrops pectinatus and Plumbago auriculata planted together in a small garden. Note the stunning contrast in the colours of the flowers.
Euyrops pectinatus flowers are very beautiful.
Cold Hardiness: Cold hardy.
- Drought hardy, but water during winter.
Light Requirements: Full sun or light partial shade.
Roots: The roots are not aggressive.
Space Requirements: Plant 75cm to 1m apart
- Not noted as a ‘Bird’ plant but birds do forage in them.
- Bees do feed from the flowers.
Butterflies and other Insects:
- Adult butterflies and moths and other insect feed from the flowers.
- No references to any medical use for this plant was found.
Poisonous: May be poisonous if eaten.
Notes of interest:
- The Royal Horticultural Society awarded Euryops pectinatus their Award of Garden Merit, whatever that may mean.
- Endemic to the WC.
- Sandstone cliffs and rocky slopes in the WC mountains.
Euryops pectinatus plants are attractive even when planted on their own
© Malcolm Dee Hepplewhite & Witkoppen Wildflower Nursery, (Text and Photographs) 2020.