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.


Euryops pectinatus, Golden Daisy or Goue magrietjie, grown in partial shade beneath Vachellia karroo at the enterance to the Free State National Botanical Gardens in Bloemfontein..

Family:                       ASTERACEAE        (Daisy family).

Name Derivation:

  • 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).

Form:

  • A small, evergreen shrub with a rounded to oval body.

Size:                                   1 – 1.5 m by 75 cm – 1.5 m.

Flowers:

  • 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.

Flowering Months:

  • Sep – Jan but may have some flowers all year.

Fragrance:          Not fragrant

Foliage:

  • Evergreen.
  • 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.

Fruit:

  • 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.

Care:                                                                                                   

  • 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.

Water Requirements:

  • 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

Birds:

  • Not noted as a ‘Bird’ plant but birds do forage in them.

Bees:

  • Bees do feed from the flowers.

Butterflies and other Insects:

  • Adult butterflies and moths and other insect feed from the flowers.

Medicinal:

  • 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.

Natural Distribution:

  • Endemic to the WC.

Natural Habitat:

  • 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.