Common names: Euryops, golden daisy bush
Latin names: Euryops pectinatus (cultivars: ‘Viridis’ and ‘Munchkin’)
Type: Flowering shrub
Height: Max. 6 feet
Zones rated: USDA 8 – 11 / Sunset 8, 9, 12 – 24
Position: Full sun or partial shade
Soil: Sandy soil, garden soil
This rewarding low-care shrub does well in the desert. When it is covered in its daisy-like bright yellow flowers from winter to late spring, it provides an eye-popping display. Even without flowers, the feathery leaves give the garden interest and a sense of lushness. The Viridis cultivar has deep green leaves, while the Munchkin cultivar has gray-green leaves. It’s a versatile plant you can use to give a background to lower-growing plants and you can also use it as a hedge. Or, make it a centerpiece in a container, flower bed or raised bed.
Euryops does best in full sun, producing far few flowers in a more shady spot. Thankfully, it puts up with high temperatures and strong winds. This makes it a good choice for hot, dry areas where you’d like something other than cactus. It tolerates drought well but doesn’t mind if it gets regular water. It’s the kind of plant that won’t die if your sprinklers stop working for a week. It’s frost tolerant down to USDA zone 8, so a light frost won’t bother it at all.
Euryops does OK in sandy soil, but prefers more organic matter as long as the soil drains well. Its native habitat in South Africa consists of rocky slopes on a base of sandstone. So, sandy soil makes it feel right at home. The leaves are divided, giving the shrub an overall airy appearance. Euryops Viridis generally keeps its deep green even in the heat of summer, although lower leaves may become shriveled and brown.
Yellow is the only flower color, but it’s a bright, sunny yellow that adds a splash of cheer in the winter. If Euryops is happy, the bush will be covered in flowers, each about 1 ½ to 2 inches wide. Plant it next to something with bright pink or purple flowers for a display that really pops. Once the flowers have faded, trim off the dried ones to help encourage more blooms.
Euryops doesn’t get many pests, but you may occasionally see aphids, which you can treat with insecticidal soap or other preferred methods.
Choose Euryops for more difficult full-sun areas where the soil is poor.
You can use Euryops as a hedge plant and trim it to shape.
Cut back in late spring or early summer to keep the bush neat or to keep it small. You can cut it back hard every few years, if you wish.
Stem cuttings root reasonably easily. Summer is the best time to take cuttings.