Angelita Daisy Care: Tips On Caring For Angelita Daisies

A Small Moth On A Yellow Angelita Daisy
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Angelita daisy is a hardy, native wildflower that grows wild in dry, open grasslands and deserts across most of the western United States. Angelita daisy plants bloom throughout spring and summer in most climates, but if you live in a climate with mild winters, you can enjoy the bright yellow, daisy-like flowers all year long. Read on for angelita daisy info and learn about angelita daisy care.

Angelita Daisy Info

Angelita daisy plants (Tetraneuris acaulis syn. Hymenoxys acaulis) are suitable for growing in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 through 8. This little perennial is so tough it can easily withstand sub-freezing temperatures as low as -20 F. (-29 C.), although it will go dormant at about 10 F. (-12 C.). During the summer, angelita daisy tolerates punishing heat, but will begin to flag when the mercury soars to 105 F. (41 C.). Angelita daisy tops out at about 8 inches (20 cm.), with a spread of 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 cm.). This plant displays mounds of fragrant, grassy leaves, which are usually blanketed with masses of 1 1/2-inch (3.8 cm.) blooms. Angelita daisy plants are happy in mass plantings, in borders or edges, as a ground cover, or even in containers. It is perfect for a wildflower meadow garden or rock garden. Angelita daisy is highly attractive to butterflies and native bees.

Angelita Daisy Care

Learning how to grow angelita daisy and its subsequent care is simple. In its natural environment, angelita daisy grows in dry, rocky soil. In the garden, the plant tolerates dry or average soil and even withstands poor, clay soil, but the soil must be well drained, as this desert plant will rot quickly in soggy soil. Similarly, full sunlight is ideal. Although the plant tolerates filtered shade, blooming is reduced. Keep in mind that in its natural environment, angelita daisy does just fine with no human interference, so caring for angelita daisy basically involves just leaving the plant alone. The plant will reseed itself if you give it an occasional drink during hot, dry weather. If your angelita daisy plant looks scraggly, you can rejuvenate it with a light haircut. Although angelita daisy plants benefit from deadheading, this is a daunting task due to the sheer number of blooms.

Mary H. Dyer

A Credentialed Garden Writer, Mary H. Dyer was with Gardening Know How in the very beginning, publishing articles as early as 2007.