Gazania rigens on a windy day
Native to South Africa. A perennial, herbaceous plant usually only growing 15-30 cm tall, very popular and widely grown. Numerous cultivars and hybrids of Gazania rigens are grown here in Australia.
But now widely naturalised in the coastal districts of southern and eastern Australia and considered a weed of coastal sand dunes and headlands, urban bushland, roadsides, disturbed sites and waste areas.
Seen here growing alongside Pennisetum alopecuroides, a grass native to Australia and Asia.
Gazania rigens (syn. G. splendens) is a species of flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Southern Africa. The species occurs in South Africa and Mozambique. It is naturalised elsewhere and is widely cultivated as an ornamental garden plant.