Haplocarpha scaposa

Water Needs

moderate; high

Haplocarpha scaposa
Perennial
False Gerbera; Bietou

Flowers up to 50 cm

Size

Light Conditions

sun

Frost

hardy

Flowers

yellow September to March; spring summer

sun; damp sun; rockery; wildlife beetles honeybees; clay soils;

Garden Situation

Habitat

grassland; coastal eastern cape; coastal kzn

Region

subtropical east coast; highveld; thicket

Rain Season

summer

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Description

Scaposa – leafless stems. A delightful perennial for summer rainfall gardens, the False Gerbera is a component of both damp and stony grasslands and will thrive in gardens that receive good spring and summer rains. Sturdy flower stalk stands bare and tall above the large leaves that grow from a central point. Each stalk carries just one pale, butter-yellow daisy flower; their generous size, 40 – 80 cm in diameter, provides a bright, cheerful display from September to March. The rootstock is surprisingly large given the plant size, and grows deep, as much as 60 cm down. The tiny seeds that form after flowering are easily wind-dispersed and germinate easily, so large clumps form in time, a great boon for gardeners. Thin out small seedlings as they germinate around the edge if groups spread too much. In the garden: use as a groundcover in front-of-bed, and among grasses in a wildflower meadow/ grassland. Ensure they receive enough water through the hot growing season. Flowers are pollen-rich and are popular with beetles and honey bees, the main pollinators of this species. Propagate from seed or leave flowers to form seed heads to be dispersed by the wind. Otherwise, split large, dense clumps once flowering is over in March. Distribution: Wetland areas of Mpumalanga, the south-eastern Free State, Swaziland and the Eastern Cape; it also extends to eastern Africa

Haplocarpha scaposa
Haplocarpha scaposa