Callilepis laureola

Water Needs

moderate

Callilepis laureola
Perennial
Ox-eye Daisy/ Wildemagriet

60 cm

Size

Light Conditions

sun

Frost

light; moderate; hardy

Flowers

white August to November; winter spring

sun; clay soils; grassland; rockery; wildlife insects butterflies

Garden Situation

Habitat

grassland; rocky places; coastal kzn

Region

subtropical east coast; thicket; highveld

Rain Season

summer

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Description

This delightful daisy smiles at you from among the grasses and forbs putting on their spring show. Snow white flowers gleam against the dark purple-black centres that stand well above the clumps of bright green leaves. The Ox-Eye Daisy is a perennial herb with a large woody tuber that sends out a relatively dense tuft of leafy stems up to 60 cm high; flowering begins in August after the fires, continuing until November. A component of the grassland biome, the Callilepis has an extensive range from the Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, growing in open areas, often on rocky sites, from sea-level to 1800 m. In the garden, its favoured situation would be among wild grasses and other grassland flowers. The plant dies back to rootstock in winter and re-sprouts in spring. NOTE: Tubers are poisonous! It makes a lovely garden plant if you can source some seed. Geoff Nichols, via Plantzafrica website, recommends collecting dry seed heads, clean off the chaff and sow when fresh in a light seeding mix of equal quantities coarse river sand and compost. Cover lightly and place in full sun and good ventilation. Keep moist and plant into individual containers at 6-8 weeks. Not to be confused with Dimorphotheca nudicaulis, also given the same common names. Flowers are large, about 60 mm in diameter. Leaves, 3-veined, either lanceolate or elliptic in shape, margins entire, decrease in size up the stem; lower leaves up to 64 x 20 cm in size. A companion grassland forb is H. appendiculatum (Sheep’s Ears Everlasting)

Callilepis laureola
Callilepis laureola
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