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Asteriscus maritimus - Gold Coin Daisy

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers)
Origin: Canary Islands (Atlantic Ocean)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Golden
Bloomtime: Year-round
Synonyms: [Odontospermum maritimum, Pallenis maritima] ']
Height: 1 foot
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Asteriscus maritimus (Gold Coin Daisy) - An compact evergreen low-spreading and mounding herbaceous sub-shrub to 1 foot tall by 4 feet wide with green small spoon-shaped leaves and 1 1/2 inch wide bright golden-yellow daisy flowers. Main flowering period is spring to summer with some bloom year round. Plant in full sun in soil with good drainage and water infrequently to occasionally but tolerates regular irrigation if soil is very well draining or in containers. Hardy to 15-20 degrees F. This species is native to the Canary Islands, southern Portugal along the coast of the western Mediterranean east to Greece where it grows close to the coast. This plant is a great addition to coastal gardens and performs particularly well in sandy soils. It does great in containers and is often sold in colder climates as a spring-fall annual. It is also known a Sea Aster, Sea Daisy or Mediterranean Beach Daisy. The name for the genus is derived from the Greek word 'asteriskos' meaning "small star" in reference to the smaller star shaped flowers. The specific epithet is from the Latin word 'mare' meaning "the sea" in reference to this plant growing close to the ocean. According to The Plant List, the collaborative work between the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew and the Missouri Botanic Garden, the current name for this plant is Pallenis maritima (the name for the genus from 'palea', meaning "chaff" in reference to the chaffy receptacle) but we continue to use the older name until such time as this name becomes more widely recognized.  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in the nursery, in the nursery's garden, and in other gardens where it has been observed. We also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing  Asteriscus maritimus.