Livingstone Daisy Growing Guide

Cleretum bellidiforme (formerly Dorotheanthus bellidiformis)

Livingstone Daisy

Crop Rotation Group



Well drained soil.


Full sun.

Frost tolerant

No. Livingstone daisy grows best as a warm-season annual.


None required unless plants are grown in containers, in which case they should be drenched with a dilute liquid organic fertilizer every three weeks.


Single Plants: 7" (20cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 7" (20cm) with 7" (20cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Livingstone daisies seeds are tiny, so sow them on the surface of prepared containers. Expect seeds to germinate within 14 days when sown indoors. Set out seedlings when they are about 6 weeks old. Or, direct-sow seeds where you want the plants to grow in spring. Stem cuttings taken from actively growing plants root fast in gritty potting soil. Livingstone daisies do well in containers because their risk of becoming waterlogged is reduced. These succulent, drought-resistant plants need water only at a young age. Too much water can cause older plants to fail.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


The iridescent petals of Livingstone daisies make the blossoms shimmer in bright light. They close up at night and open during the day. Native to semi-desert areas of South Africa, Livingstone daisies grow quickly and can reseed in hospitable spots.


Pinch off old blossoms to keep the plants in flower longer.


Too much rain or the onset of cold weather will end the floral show. In humid climates, prevent problems by growing Livingstone daisies in containers.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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