Botanical Name: Arctotheca calendula
Common Name: Cape Weed, Cape Gold  
Plant photo of: Arctotheca calendula
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color



Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Grey Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low, Low, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Dry


Soil pH



Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

English Cottage, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Seascape, Spanish


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Parking Strip, Walkways


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Lawn Substitute


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Steve Mullany
  • Description

  • Notes

Cape Weed is a low spreading ground cover with yellow daisy-like flowers that bloom from March to July. It is rather fast growing given adequate water. It is a great alternative to gazania. The leaves are gray green and it stays under 12". Use Cape Weed on bank for erosion control, or in parking strips and walkway areas. It is a great filler plant around shrubs in a shrub border.
Planting Instructions: 1. Dig a hole 2 times the width and 1 and 1/2 times the height of the container. 2. Set rootball at ground level. 3. Prepare soil mix of equal parts soil and soil amendment. 4. Backfill with amended soil. 5. Build Basin and water.