of Name : Euryops = from the Greek "eurys" = large and "ops" = eye
referring to the showy flowers. pectinatus = from the Latin meaning
pectinate (i.e. with narrow divisions like a comb referring to the
In its natural habitat, this attractive plant may be found on rocky,
sandstone slopes in the south-western Cape (from Gifberg to the
South Peninsula). It is endemic to this region (i.e. it occurs naturally
nowhere else in the world).
The golden euryops is a shrub up to 1.5m in height and has distinctive
soft, grey-green foliage. The leaves are 40-100mm long and are toothed
in a fern-like manner. Bright yellow daisy flowers are borne nearly
all year round with the main display in spring.
This plant is an excellent garden subject and has been available
in nurseries for many years. It is fast growing and flowers freely,
provided it is planted in a full sun position. It is completely
frost hardy and as such is ideal for the Highveld garden. It makes
an excellent shrub border or mixed perennial backdrop.
Growing Euryops pectinatus
The golden euryops requires a moderate amount of water and must
be watered during the winter monthsin summer rainfall regions. Cut
off dead flowerheads after flowering and prune the bush back lightly.
The bushes respond well to pruning and may be cut back hard every
few years. They may be propagated from seed or by cuttings which
strike easily when placed in washed river sand and kept moist.
In the Witwatersrand National Botanical Garden a bank of the golden
euryops may be seen near the restaurant.
There are 96 other species of Euryops which occur through
southern and tropical Africa as well as in Saudi Arabia. Many of
these make excellent garden subjects.
Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden