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Brachyscome multifida, Cut-leaf Daisy

From Warren and Gloria Sheather

Brachyscome multifida, the Cut-leaf Daisy, is a hardy and colourful perennial. The Cut-leaf Daisy develops into a dense, ground covering mound reaching a height of 30 centimetres with a diameter approaching a metre (three feet). Foliage is light green. In spring and summer plants are covered with mauve-pink flowers. In our cold climate garden plants usually die down in winter but return with vigour the following spring.

B. multifida is small enough to cultivate in most gardens and will make an impact out of all proportion to its size.

Over the years many forms with different flower colours have arrived on the nursery scene. “Break o’ Day is a popular form with purple flowers. This form is not as vigorous as the original Cut-leaf Daisy.

Propagation from cuttings is rapid. We often prepare cuttings about 15 centimetres long and place one with other plants when establishing new gardens. We count on about 50% of these pieces taking root.

B. multifida is found in many parts of NSW as well as Queensland and Victoria.

The type specimen was collected by Allan Cunningham in the Peel Valley area of central NSW in the mid 1830’s and named by Augustin Pyramus de Candolle (DC), a Swiss botanist.

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