Annuals or half-hardy perennials from South Africa,
treated in Britain as half-hardy annuals although
sometimes may be grown as perennials under glass.
Venidium fastuosum has irregularly lobed furry leaves,
about three inches long; the stems reach one and
a half feet and bear solitary heads of daisy-like
flowers, up to four inches across, brilliant orange
in colour with a brownish-purple base and black
There are a number of variations. Venidium decurrens
calendulaceum (syn. Venidium calendulaceum) is less
well known and is a somewhat hairy perennial,
best treated as a half-hardy annual, with large
golden-yellow daisy-like flowers, two and a half
inches across, on two-feet stems.
Stems may be sown under glass in March, and pricked
off into boxes and planted out in late May.
These plants are most colourful and distinctive,
highly useful for hot, sunny positions and poorish
soils, where they contrast well with blue and
Propagation is from seed.
The flowering season is in late summer.