OurCape Marigold Fairy is in love with the sun. She only shows her bold colors if she sees the sun. On cloudy days and at night, she closes her petals, waiting patiently for her idol to shine again.
As its name shows it, theCape Marigold, also known as theAfrican Daisy, is native to South Africa, where it bursts into bloom when the spring rains come. It belongs to the great family ofAsteraceae, which has over 23,000 species worldwide!
Like its other daisy relatives from South Africa, it's tough to live in hot, dry conditions, so theCape Marigold shows its gratitude for moisture by blossoming into stellar blooms. This makes it at home also in areas where summers aren't hot, such as the Northern regions of the U.S. and the Pacific Northwest, where it will bloom constantly until frost.
TheCape Marigold flowers blossom in shades of white and bold orange, or yellow and apricot, which make them desirable in any colorful garden. Be careful though, and watch over your native plants. Since theCape Marigold is very resistant to drought, it can become pretty invasive in non-native landscapes!