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Products > Asteriscus maritimus
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 the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Asteriscus maritimus.