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Dorotheanthus bellidiformis

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Bokbaaivygie is a plant which belongs to the Dorotheanthus genus.

Livingstone daisies are a wonderful addition to rock gardens and edgings – they bloom in a large array of beautiful colours. This species is a bright, ground-hugging annual succulent that forms patches of brilliant colour in spring1. Bokbaaivygies have flat leaves that spread slightly as the plants grow older. The leaves are small, green in colour and covered with shiny dots. The flowers are single and may reach up to 5 cm across. They vary in colour from white to pink and shades of orange and yellow1. Flowering is from August to mid October in the Southern hemisphere (early to mid Spring)1. The fruits are dry, soft and have 5 valves that open when it is wet to distribute the seeds1.

Bokbaaivygie grows as an annual and is a flower / succulent. Being an annual plant, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year.

Normally reaching to a mature height of 9.75 inches (25.0 cm).

Try planting Bokbaaivygie if you'd like to attract butterflies and bees to your garden.

South Africa is believed to be where Bokbaaivygie originates from.

As Bokbaaivygie is a low maintanence plant, it is great for beginner gardeners and those that like gardens that don't need much overseeing.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Bokbaaivygie have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Bokbaaivygie

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The Bokbaaivygie is commonly used in rockery gardens to provide colour. It may also be used as a mass planting in flowerbeds for striking effect. It is also very attractive when planted between paving stones. This plant can be used in the garden to attract butterflies.

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Use Zone 9 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Keep in mind when planting that Bokbaaivygie is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

See our list of companion Plants for Bokbaaivygie to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Bokbaaivygie from seed

Dorotheanthus bellidiformis is best propagated from seed, as they are annuals1. Seeds can be sown in trays in March (ie, early Autumn) in a light and moist soil medium. Germination will take place between one and three weeks after sowing1. Seeds can also be sown straight on to a prepared flower bed. The soil should be light, and well drained with added compost. Do not allow the soil to dry out.1

Soil temperature should be kept higher than 16°C / 61°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Bokbaaivygie

Transplanting of seedlings can be done four to five weeks after germination.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Bokbaaivygie is a tender plant.

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Bokbaaivygie Etymology

The name Dorotheanthus was given by Dr Martin Heinrich Schwantes in honour of his mother Dorothea1. The genus Dorotheanthus has 6 species in South Africa with 2 of them occurring in Namaqualand. The family Mesembryanthemaceae consists of all the “vygies” and has 124 genera.

Other names for Bokbaaivygie

Buck bay vygie, Livingstone daisy

Mesembryanthemum criniflorum, Dorotheanthus bellidiformis (Burm.f) N.E.Br.

Misspellings: Living stone daisy, living-stone daisy

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