Real World Gardener New Brachyscome is Plant of the Week

March 29th, 2015

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 with Jeremy Critchley owner
and Karen Smith editor of

Brachyscome multifida is plant of the week.

proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F4.bp.blogspot.comBrachyscome or cut-leafed daisy, is a perennial plant found in the grassy understories of woodlands and open forests. Naturally found in the temperate areas of southern Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

Breeders are constantly finding new cultivars that suit that home garden better than the species variety found naturally.


If you heard the names Mauve delight, Radiant Magenta, Verassco Violet, and Jumbo Tricolour.

What could I be talking about other than a plant?

This time a native plant for our gardens but before you say, I’ve tried native plants and they just don’t work in my garden.

Yes, I’ve been there too, but with new varieties coming through all the time that have been bred specifically for home garden conditions, what’s the harm of trying those too?

Let’s find out about some more…..

PLAY: Brachyscome_25th March_2015

Mauve Delight Brachyscome does take hard frosts and in fact if the plant shoots from underground, they seem to survive frosts, although the top part may get burnt off by the frost.


Its trailing habit makes it perfect for use in hanging baskets, containers or as a small area ground cover.

The Cut-Leafed Daisy grows best in a full sun position but can tolerate part shade and it grows on a range of soil types including heavy clays and light-sandy loams.

It doesn't need much extra watering, but in the drier months it would need a supplementary water.

The only problem Brachyscome get is if the leaves are consistently wet, powdery mildew can be a problem.


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