Capeweed


Capeweed

Arctotheca calendula

Scientific name

The ground-hugging daisy is common along coastal areas and in disturbed soil and roadside verges. Most of the year is is an inconspicuous weed-looking plant but can be identified as the Cape Weed by checking the back of the leaves for a silver colour. It performs an important function as a food support for insect populations on disturbed and marginal pieces of land such as road verges where other plants do not survive the inappropriate mowing regime.
It is pollinated by bees and butterflies.

Propagation instructions

By seed

This plant is easily propagated from seed sown in autumn. If the plants are left to go to seed, it seeds itself freely in the garden.

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Image credit: Paul Hoekman

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Important characteristics

Conservation status: Least Concern

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

Arctotheca calendula is indigenous to: Cape Flats Sand Fynbos Peninsula Shale Renosterveld

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