Member of the Asteraceae or Compositae (aster or sunflower family).
Native to South Australia.
Related species include chrysanthemum, sunflower, daisy, gerbera.
Leaves hairy and finely divided.
Classed as a dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined.
Rapid growing, bushy annual with mostly blue daisy type flowers.
Flowers have slight fragrance.
Unknown but assumed to be about 34-38F.
The Compositae or aster family is vast, with over 20,000 species, and is also one of the most developed families. It was named Compositae because the flowers are actually a “composite” of many individual flowers into one head. Hence, when children pull one “petal” off at a time, saying “she/he loves me, loves me not”, they are actually removing a complete flower, not just a petal.
Drought tolerant. Blue flowered species in the Asteraceae are uncommon.
The genus name is Greek for short hairs referring to the short hairs of the pappus.
Common series include Mini and Jumbo Outback Daisies, Outback Fan Flower and Outback paper Daisies.
Will generally do well in light levels at least bright enough to read a newspaper in comfort but more light (up to filtered full sunlight) would be better.