Brachyscome multifida ‘cut leaf daisy’
It has been grown in gardens for years and Brachysome multifida has earned its place as a easy care no fuss garden plant. with many cultivars becoming available, some with even more compact growth habits than the species, they are even suited to growing in containers.
Brachyscome multifida is the most commonly found of the species of the cut leaf daisies sold nurseries across Australia. Summer flowering and self seeding Brachyscome or ‘cut leaf daisy’ are available for sale in a number of colors including the cultivar ‘ Break of day’ with its mauve flowers as well as the white flowering species
Cut leaf daisies (picture right) are found across Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and Southern Queensland.
They grow best is a sunny position however Brachyscome can handle part shade. They make good ground covers and once established are reasonably drought tolerant.
Most varieties will reach around 10cm – 25cm in height with a spread of around 1m. Colours range from blue through to pink and white. All species are suitable for growing in pots or containers. A humus rich well drained soil is best.
The lower growing or prostrate forms are useful in hanging baskets especially in mixed plantings. They also work well in mass landscape plantings.
Brachyscome multifida varieties and other species
Brachyscome multifida are the most common species available, including
- B. multifida compact,
- B. multifida alba and
- B. multifida pink.
- B. valencia is a taller growing species.
Also spelt Brachycome however Brachyscome was indeed the original spelling, later corrected but still widely used.