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Chrysanthemoides incana - Vaalbietou
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Groundcover
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Year-round
Height: <1 foot
Width: 8-10 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Chrysanthemoides incana (Vaalbietou) - A low sprawling evergreen groundcover sub-shrub that grows to 12 to 18 inches tall by 10 feet of more wide with fine wooly gray 1 to 2 inch long spatulate leaves that contrast well with the yellow daisy flowers that are produced on and off through the year.

Plant in full sun to light shade in a well-drained soil where it can be watered fairly regularly to infrequently. Tolerates coastal wind and salt. It is considered fairly hardy a while it has not been tested by any cold winters since we have started growing it, it should be cold hardy to at least 25 F. This plant should prove to be a nice low maintenance sprawling groundcover that can be easily pruned to maintain shape and size as well as promote new growth. An excellent plant for difficult seafront gardens and unlike its bigger cousin, Chrysanthemoides monilifera, which has become a serious weed in Australia, this plant does not reseed to become a weed.

Chrysanthemoides incana comes from the Western Cape of South Africa and this low growing clone was selected by Dr Ernst van Jaarsveld in the 1970s from Chapmans Peak along the Cape Peninsula and was long grown by him at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and he shared it with many others. Our plants came to us from Gregory Pongetti at the California State University Fullerton Arboretum. The name for the genus is in reference to its resemblance to the genus Chrysanthemum (meaning yellow flower) with the suffix 'oides' meaning "like" because, while it resembles a Chrysanthemum, it differs from this genus, and all other plants in the daisy family (Asteraceae), by having fleshy fruits. The specific epithet is the Latin word for "gray". Another common name is Gray Tick Berry but we don't often see this flesh berry on this selection. 

This information about Chrysanthemoides incana displayed on this web page is based on research we have conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations we have made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens visited, as well how our crops have performed in containers in the nursery field. Where appropriate, we will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing this plant.