African Moon

Since the bright white daisy flowers make an astonishing mass during the spring the African moon plant is usually cultivated in gardens and parks as an ornamental one.

Native from Namibia the African Moon flowers are the white daisy flowers. Rain Daisy, Witbotterblom, Oxeye Daisy and Cape Daisy are how African moon flowers are usually called. In Northern Europe African Moon is particularly cultivated as field crop for oil seed production.

 

In diameter African Moon flowers are having like 2 ½ inches. Different types of seeds are produced by the both types of florets, hermaphrodite disc florets and female-fertile (male-sterile) ray florets. Ray florets are producing some small, angular seeds while the disc florets are producing seeds that are having winged margins and they are flattened. The white large petal of the ray florets is usually colored in purple at the bottom of it.

 

Facts about African Moon

  • Being a tender annual, African Moon, grows to 8-12 inches.
  • The African Moon’s blooms can be orange, yellow and white.
  • The pollination is made by small horseflies at African Moon flowers.
  • African Moon flowers are having some leaves that are narrow and light green. The leaves are 7 cm long and they are having indented edges.
  • At the top the leaves are fewer and smaller than at the base of the stems where they are numerous.
  • At night African Moon flowers are closing. They also close before rain or on cloudy days.
  • Achenes are the African Moon seeds.
  • Rod-like and winged seeds are produced by two different types of florets.
  • The majority seed type is the winged one.

 

Growing African Moon

  • From seeds African Moon grows really easy.
  • In autumn you should sow the seeds directly into the planting places.
  • In full sun you will have to plant the seeds in a well-prepared soil that has good drainage.
  • You can cover the soil lightly with fine milled bark or sand.
  • In 4 days the seeds will geminate and that is a fast germination.
  • The seeds of African Moon should be planted closely to each other.
  • If the plant looks deficient or stunted you should add fertilizers.

 

African Moon Plant Care

  • A good amount of sunshine is exactly what African Moon plant requires.
  • The young seeds should be watered regularly.
  • The fertilizers should be applied only if is necessary.
  • Guineafowl loves to eat the soft new growth of the plant and they are the major pests of Dimorphothecea pluvialis.
  • To drive away the insects that are damaging the plant you should use some pesticides.

 

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