Aster natalensis (Felicia rosulata)

Aster natalensis syn. Felicia rosulata

Long known as  Aster natalensis, this South African daisy is a classy, showy alpine. The large flowers are a good, mid-blue with contrasting yellow eyes and carried singly on top of 12cm stems in early summer. The mats of long green leaves are fairly evergreen.

Enjoys full sunshine and well-drained soil (but not too dry and parched in summer). The flowers have a curious feature - they open wide in sunshine but when the sun goes down the petals recurve backwards (towards the stem), not closing like most flowers.

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