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Podolepis jaceoides

It’s not widely cultivated but it has excellent potential for cottage gardens, path borders, containers and floral bedding displays. It is frost hardy, tolerates dry periods and is suitable for growing in semi-arid, temperate and sub tropical regions. The removal of spent flower stems helps to promote more flowering.

The roots are edible and were utilised by Aboriginal people and early European settlers.

Common nameshowy copper wire daisy
Scientific namePodolepis jaceoides (Sims) Voss
FamilyAsteraceae
Etymology

Genus: From Greek, podos, foot; and lepis, scale. Referring to the stalked inner involucral bracts.

Species: Similar to jacea, Spanish name for knapweed.

DistributionWidely distributed over eastern and south-eastern Australia.
Native habitatWoodland, mallee and grasslands on heavy clay to sandy soils.
DescriptionA herbaceous perennial with profuse shaggy, golden yellow, daisy flowers.
Flowering/fruitingFlowers throughout early spring and summer.
Location in gardenPlanted in Bed 29 in the Connections Garden and in the Fruit Loop.
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