Bellium minutum flowers
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Plant Height: 2 inches
Flower Height: 4 inches
Spacing: 12 inches
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
Other Names: Miniature Daisy
This lovely ground hugging variety produces a long blooming display of tiny white flowers above fine, glossy green foliage in late spring; great for edging or a small area groundcover; will tolerate moderate foot traffic once established
Miniature Mat Daisy features delicate white daisy flowers with yellow eyes at the ends of the stems from late spring to early summer, which emerge from distinctive red flower buds. Its small glossy oval leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Miniature Mat Daisy is a dense herbaceous annual with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.
This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Miniature Mat Daisy is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Miniature Mat Daisy will grow to be only 2 inches tall at maturity extending to 4 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 15 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. Although it's not a true annual, this fast-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America.
Miniature Mat Daisy is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.