Rhodanthemum atlanticum

Moroccan Daisy

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Item #: 13244

Zones: 7b to 9b, guessing


Height: 6" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: Morocco

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

(aka: Chrysanthemum atlanticum) Rhodanthemum atlanticum is a little-known rock garden perennial, endemic to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco at 7,500-13,000' elevation, where it's found in small soil-filled pockets on rocky slopes. Moroccan daisy would be better known by gardeners if it hadn't been banished from the genus chrysanthemum for its unique sexual exploits. Despite its reputation as a Zone 9 plant, rhodanthemum has thrived for us since 2013, growing in our dry, sunny rock garden. Moroccan daisy forms a slightly stoloniferous patch to 3' wide in 3 years. The 2" tall rosettes are composed of finely textured grey-green, bird-foot-like foliage, topped for us from mid-April to mid-June, with 4" tall spikes, ending in small 1/2" wide white aster-like flowers...quite a delightful show. The easy-to-grow Moroccan daisy will seed around a bit in gravelly soils. Thanks to our friends at the Denver Botanic Garden for introducing us.