The Anacyclus depressus is a beautiful perennial herbaceous plant, with a prostrate habit, native to northern Africa. This little daisy forms little tufts of thin stems, 7-10 cm long, with finely set leaves, similar to ferns, of green-gray color. They are plants that over time tend to expand, covering all the available space.
The plants of Anacyclus depressus can widen up to reach a width of 30-40 centimeters, with a posture that remains always ground cover. It is also called margherita dell'Atlante, nana or, due to its size, margheritina.
From May to September, each tuft produces numerous single flowers, similar to daisies, with a yellow center and numerous white petals above and carmine red below.
The flowers of these daisies open with the sun and close at night and / or on cloudy days. The shades of the flowers of this daisy are those typical of the flowers of this species, with a center of the yellow flower and white petals tending to pink in some cultivars.
These plants can be cultivated as perennials practically everywhere, with the exception of high altitude mountain areas with very cold winter temperatures. They can tolerate temperatures below zero only for short periods of time. If the cold is too intense the tufts of this plant dry up and the whole part outside the ground dies.
At the end of the winter it will therefore be necessary to proceed with a pruning that will have to remove all the dried part, cutting the heads of the plants at 5 cm from the ground.
Following pruning the plant will have a new vigor and emit green hunts that will give new life to the Anacyclus depressus.
The delicate flowers of the Daisy of the Altant are to be placed in full sun, to obtain an abundant flowering and vigorous growth. Usually these dwarf daisy plants do not fear the cold, and withstand very cold temperatures for short periods. If the frost period is too long, however, the daisy plant is affected and the branches can dry quickly and clearly.
The daisy plant, very suitable for rock gardens, does not need large amounts of water. Let us therefore remember to water sporadically, from March to October, leaving the soil to dry very well between one watering and another. Another thing to remember is to provide fertilizer for flowering plants at least once a month during the growing season. The fertilizer will serve to ensure the Atlas or dwarf margherita plant all the substances it will need in the most intense period of its season.
This plant develops without problems in any soil, provided it is well drained. For a better development of the plant it is recommended to place the anacylus in a loose soil rich in organic matter.
An excellent mix can be a piece of ground made of gravel and sand, to guarantee the daisies all the drainage they need. These plants are also widely used in rock gardens because they have no particular soil requirements and grow very well even on poor substrates.
The multiplication of Anacyclus depressus occurs by seed, at the end of winter, in seedbeds; before sowing it is advisable to place the seeds in the refrigerator for at least 20-25 days, to simulate the winter cold and allow a correct germination.
Margheritina, Margherita of the Altant, dwarf daisy - Anacyclus depressus: Pests and diseases
these plants are quite rustic and are hardly affected by pests or diseases; sometimes they can be attacked by snails that devour their leaves.