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Rhodanthemum hosmariense (photo courtesy of Howard Rice/Garden Picture Library/Photolibrary)
Rhodanthemum hosmariense (photo courtesy of Howard Rice/Garden Picture Library/Photolibrary)

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Zones 14-24
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Moderate, Minimal

Rhodanthemum hosmariense

Moroccan Daisy

Perennials, Flowers

This native of the Atlas Mountains has been included in ChrysanthemumLeucanthemum, and Pyrethropsis over the years, but botanists finally seem to agree on the name given here. Plants spread to form a bushy mass 4–12 in. high and 1–2 ft. wide. Foliage is bright silver, softly hairy, and very finely divided. Over much of the year, plants produce cheerful daisies about 2 in. across; white rays surround a large central cluster of bright yellow florets. Fine choice for a rock garden or atop a stone retaining wall; combines well with other gray-leafed plants. Grow in moderately fertile, very well-drained soil. Is rarely bothered by pests or diseases, but does best with protection from excessive winter moisture.

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