Euryops pectinatus 'Munchkin'Item #3556 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 11
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A small, compact, evergreen shrub with finely cut gray-green foliage and bright yellow daisy-like flowers. The showy blooms blanket this reliable performer most of the year in mild winter areas. Use as a colorful annual in colder winter regions.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 3 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:EW-ree-ops pek-ti-NAH-tusPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:8, 9, 12 - 24Growth habit:CompactGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 3 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.Foliage color:Gray-greenBlooms:Nearly year-round in frost-free climates; heaviest in spring.Flower color:YellowDesign IdeasThese free-blooming shrubs are dwarfed to fit into smaller spaces. Use as edging or in plant in masses for a bold color statement. Line driveways and walkways with them to clean up the edges, and combine with other desert hot-zone plants that stand up to inland conditions.Companion PlantsPrincess Flower (Tibouchina); Plumbago (Plumbago); Salvia (Salvia); Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea); Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia)
- CareCare InformationGrows easily in average, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to develop an extensive root system. Once established in the landscape, reduce frequency; continue to water container plants regularly. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, prune annually after flowering.Pruning time: spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:The daisy flowers of this popular plant points to its inclusion into the Compositae, and it is further classified into the Senecio Tribe within that family. This genus was classified by a little known French aristocratic botanist, Comte de Alesandre Cassini, 1781-1832. The genus consists of about 50 species of evergreens mostly native to the mild climate of South Africa. This species could have been among those early descriptions of Carl Thunberg, a physician and botanist who spent three years in that region and was considered the father of South African botany.His work, when studied later in Europe revealed many plants classified by the noted leaders in the new system of binomial nomenclature instituted by Carolus Linnaeus of Sweden. This is a newer dwarf form is a garden variety.