Wild aster


Wild aster

Felicia aethiopica

Scientific name

This lovely plant with its bright blue flowers is a must in every garden as it flowers all year, keeping your garden bright and beautiful.

It grows frequently in bushy places on the lower plateau slopes of Table Mountain and has a large distribution range on flats from the Cederberg to the Eastern Cape.

Felicia aethiopica subsp. aethiopica is an attractive plant that can be used in rock garden pockets, mixed borders, as edging for taller perennials, filler, ground cover, containers or allowed to sprawl over low garden walls. In a mixed border it can be planted with Helichrysum cymosum, Bulbine frutescens, Ursinia paleacea, U. sericea, Plecostachys serpyllifolia, Cineraria saxifraga, C. geifolia, Dimorphotheca fruticosus, Pelargonium betulinum (white) and Geranium incanum (white).

Propagation instructions

By seed

Sow seeds in spring or autumn on sandy loam soil with good drainage. Cover the seeds with a light dressing of sand. It takes up to three weeks to germinate.

By cutting

Cuttings can be taken in autumn or spring. Fill a container with a mixture of 1:1 fine milled pine bark and polystyrene. To propagate cuttings use stems 30-50 mm long, remove side shoots, a third to half of the lower leaves and flowers if present. The stems must be cut just below the node and the end of the stems can be covered in rooting hormone to encourage root growth. Shake all excess powder off before putting them in a container as too much powder will burn the cutting. Put the cuttings about a third of the stem length in the soil. Cover the container with a plastic bag to retain the moisture. The cuttings can also be placed in a mist unit with bottom heating at 25º C. Roots start developing after 2-3 weeks. Once the plants are established, they grow fast. Grow in full sun or semi-shade. They easily adapt to new soil types. It is a water-wise plant and grows well in coastal gardens. Fertilizer for flowering plants (with ratio of N:P:K = 3:1:5) can be added to the soil to enhance growth.

References and further reading

PlantZAfrica profile »

Wikipedia page »

Image credit: Paul Hoekman
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Nursery Quantity
Amsterdam 100
Total 100

This table below shows how many plants we are trying to obtain for this species.

Site Area Quantity
Site #58 Rosebank 100
Site #62 Newlands 20
Total 120

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Important characteristics

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

Easy to grow

Suitable for sandy soil

It provides food for:

Honeybees/flies

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