A Gift From Down Under: Swan River Daisy

Brachyscome Iberidifolia

An import from the land down under, Swan River daisy (Brachyscome iberidifolia) joins eucalyptus as one of our favorite botanical gifts from Australia.

Though this blooming beauty is available with lavender, pink, or white flowers, it’s the varieties with the striking blue daisy-like flowers that really catch our attention, especially when massed groundcover-style.

While generally classified as an annual, this drought-tolerant, fragrant jewel may function as an herbaceous perennial in Zones 8-10.

A close-up vertical image of bright blue Brachyscome iberidifolia flowers growing in the summer garden pictured on a soft-focus background.

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Bear in mind, however, that B. iberidifolia doesn’t flower well in very hot weather.

In addition to being used to cover large swaths of a garden bed, many gardeners use this member of the Asteraceae family in borders and in containers.

It grows to a mature height of one to three feet, with a spread of one to one and a half feet.

A close up horizontal image of white Brachyscome iberidifolia flowers growing in the garden pictured in light filtered sunshine.

The foliage of this plant – whose scientific name is sometimes spelled “Brachycome” without the “s” – is many-branched and sports light green, finely divided leaves with long and narrow segments.

Swan River daisy’s one-inch flowers are profuse across the plant. You’ll want to deadhead the spent flowers to promote continued blooming.

Let’s Get Growing

You can propagate from seeds started indoors six to eight weeks before your average last frost date. You can also sow directly in the garden after the last frost date.

Some gardeners like to sow successively every two to four weeks throughout the summer to enhance the bloom period.

Low-maintenance B. iberidifolia isn’t terribly picky about its soil, tolerating poor dirt but thriving in rich soil, as long as the ground is well-drained.

A close up vertical image of bright purple Brachyscome iberidifolia flowers growing in the summer garden pictured in bright sunshine.

If you choose to grow this blue beauty in a container, you’ll want to feed it weekly with a fertilizer containing 5 percent nitrogen, 10 percent phosphorous, and 5 percent potassium to aid blooming.

We like the 5-10-5 Espoma fertilizer blend, available from Amazon.

For plants in the ground, fertilize at the beginning of the growing season, and then monthly.

Espoma 5-10-5 Garden Food Fertilizer

Expect birds and butterflies to enjoy these flowers as much as you do, and be grateful that rabbits and deer are likely to eschew this plant.

This plant isn’t plagued by pests to any large degree, but you will want to keep an eye out for snails and slugs.

Growing Tips

  • Plant in a full sun location
  • Be careful not to overwater
  • Fertilize monthly with 5-10-5 (NPK)

Where to Buy

For a bright punch of purple-blue color, check out these seeds from Seedville, available via Amazon.

Purple Mix B. iberidifolia Seeds

This mix of 200 seeds will yield a stunning collection of flowers in shades of purple, blue, violet, and lavender.

If your preferred palette runs more toward pinks and reds, you might like this mix from My Seedy Needs, also available via Amazon.

Hot Pink Mix Swan River Daisy Seeds

You’ll get 12 seeds in a packet and you can expect these plants to grow to be about 20 inches tall.

Indigo Delight

It’s always fun to find a profuse bloomer that offers an explosion of color from the blue end of the color spectrum, and this treat from the Southern Hemisphere delivers.

Swan River Daisies | GardenersPath.com

Try B. iberidifolia as a groundcover, a border plant, or in containers. You will be thrilled by this versatile, attractive, and fragrant annual that’s unquestionably a worthy addition to your landscape.

Have you grown Swan River daisy? Share your experience in the comments section below.

If you’re looking for more blue beauties, check out our article about Jacob’s ladder.

And if daisies are your thing, try then some of these other varieties are worth taking a gander at:

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A former garden editor for a daily newspaper in Austin, Texas, Gretchen Heber goes through entirely too many pruners and garden gloves in a year’s time. She’s never met a succulent she didn’t like and gets really irritated every 3-4 years when Austin actually has a freeze cold enough to kill them. To Gretchen, nothing is more rewarding than a quick dash to the garden to pluck herbs to season the evening meal. And it’s definitely time for a happy dance when she’s able to beat the squirrels to the peaches, figs, or loquats.

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