Calotis_cuneifolia.JPG (198902 bytes)Calotis cuneifolia: is a member of the Asteraceae (Daisy) family. One common name is Burr-daisy.
Calotis cuneifolia is a dwarf, rounded perennial. The small leaves are wedge-shaped (cuneate-hence the species name).
The daisy flower heads are prolific and are carried for most of the year. Flowers may be white or lilac. The lilac-flowered form is the most attractive. Flowers are followed by reddish-brown fruits formed by a number of burrs.
Calotis cuneifolia is a decorative plant that flowers profusely and retains its dense shape with minimum tip pruning.
This Burr-daisy occurs on Yallaroo but the best plants we have ever observed were growing along fire trails in the Pilliga Scrub in spring 2005. These were dense perennials covered with lilac flowers (see image). Cuttings were collected and eventually these plants will be introduced into our gardens.
Calotis cuneifolia occurs in all mainland states except Western Australia .
Try this Burr-daisy in native cottage gardens and rockeries. Their burrs will stick in your socks so we suggest that you plant specimens away from paths and borders.
The species will propagate from seed and rapidly from cuttings.