Flower Power: Gazanias

That Gerbera daisy wasn’t the only thing that came home with me the other day. I also decided to take on an already-potted plant filled with white, yellow, and orange flowers – Gazanias. I had never before heard of such a thing (but then again, I’m new at this). Through the course of a normal day, it’s pretty fun to watch these flowers live out a complete daily cycle of opening and closing with their spindly petals protecting them in the nighttime. I’ve compared the look of them to a Venus Flytrap when they’re closed (maybe I’ll be able to get a shot of that sometime). But when they’re open, in the daytime, they look like this:

gazanias waking up

waking up…

gazania

almost there…

gazania

awake!

fully opened!

wide awake gazanias

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About Dena

I'm a suburban Clevelander by way of Oklahoma City, by way of North Florida, by way of Southern Maryland, by way of Upper Michigan, by way of Northern Italy, by way of Lower Michigan, by way of Texas. Because of living in so many places, I have something in common with almost everyone I meet. I love reading, writing, and American history (especially reading or writing about American history). I'm interested in culture of place, historical trauma, and writing about the kinds of histories most people don't know about.
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4 Responses to Flower Power: Gazanias

  1. I’ve never heard of these either….very cool…I’m going to look for these around here!

    • Dena says:

      A friend of mine just told me that some of these cross-pollinate on their own so you may end up with different colors. Makes them even more interesting!

  2. Lee I says:

    Now I’m not sure whether I was confusing these and gerbera daisies. Both give a wonderful flash of color.

    • Dena says:

      My gerberas are coming up with new buds. They look like they’re a pale yellow. It’ll be a nice contrast next to these bright orange beauties, if they can bloom!

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