14 Jan Seaside daisy
Highly tolerant of poor, dry soils and grows in a wide range of conditions.
Origin: South Mexico to Venezuela
Habit: An aggresive spreading perennial herb to about 50cm high. Grows vigorously smothering low native ground covers. Highly tolerant of poor dry soils and grows in a wide range of conditions. The plant is able to tolerate high salinity and drought.
Leaves: Simple, evergreen, elliptical to oval, pubescent on both sides, and reach 32mm long by 13mm wide.
Flowers: Small daisy flowers 1-2cm across are borne all year round. Each flower has a yellow centre, a corolla that is 5-lobed with white petals, which become pink and finally purple with age.
Fruit: Dandilion-like tufts; 1 mm long hard dry seed (achene) attached to a pappus of fine whitish hairs, 2 mm long.
Roots: Fibrous, shallow; rooting at the nodes.
Dispersal: Seed spread by wind, humans and contaminated soil (earthmoving equipment, car tyres etc) and garden refuse dumping. Plants will spread vegetatively by cuttings rooting at the nodes.
Control: Hand pull/dig bagging all plant parts and removing from site, Foliar spray.