Eric La Fountaine wrote today’s entry, as well as contributing today’s photograph:
This Moroccan native is a vision of cheerfulness. The bright daisy flowers appear in great abundance from late winter to summer on mounded plants to 25 cm tall and 60 cm wide. The silver-grey foliage is finely lobed, giving a lacy effect. The species prefers well drained soil and dislikes winter wet. The fact that this plant is still alive in this wet Vancouver garden is a tribute to curator, Brent Hine.
I use the term daisy to describe the “flower”, a compound flower form commonly seen in the Asteraceae. What appears to be a single flower is actually made up of many small individual flowers sharing the same receptacle. As in many Astereaceae, yellow disc florets make up the centre of the Rhodanthemum flowers and these are surrounded by ray florets with white petals. The morphology of Asteraceae flowers is illustrated in photos by Brian Johnston on Microscopy UK, using a familiar member of the family, Gerbera jamesonii.