This is why I hate Gazanias.

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This is why I hate Gazanias.

Postby karyn » Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:48 pm

I know I'm guilty of getting on my soapbox, but here in SA - particularly through the delicate Mallee region, non-sterile varieties of Gazanias are a menace. Yes, they're tough, hardy, pretty, colourful, hold down the sand, low maintenance - but they also spread into bush, smothering indigenous plants and changing the ecosystem. Where Gazanias take over, there are rarely any native orchids, small understorey or groundcovers left. The pictures are of a roadside in Monarto South, but could be anywhere in the Mallee or the Riverland.
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Re: This is why I hate Gazanias.

Postby bubba louie » Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:18 pm

They don't seem to be a problem here, but the road from Gympie to Tin Can Bay is a sea of coreopsis.
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Re: This is why I hate Gazanias.

Postby karyn » Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:42 pm

And this is why I wish Sparaxis weren't sold...like Gazanias and Coreopsis, they're colourful and pretty...
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Re: This is why I hate Gazanias.

Postby palerider » Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:58 am

Up here in Armidale, it's the white daisy, I think it's african Daisy. Looks nice in fields, but NOTHING else will grow around it. Gazanias don't grow strong enough up here to cause a menace.
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Re: This is why I hate Gazanias.

Postby Wanderer » Tue Dec 11, 2012 5:55 pm

Freesias too?
They grow wild around lots of parts of the Coast.
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Re: This is why I hate Gazanias.

Postby karyn » Tue Dec 11, 2012 6:16 pm

Yep, Freesias are a problem, not as bad as the Gazania and Sparaxis but give them time!!
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Re: This is why I hate Gazanias.

Postby Pam » Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:24 am

I grew up thinking gazanias were a West Australian native because they were so prolific.
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