Podolepis jaceoides, Showy Copper Wire Daisy
Podolepis jaceoides, the Showy Copper Wire Daisy, is an herbaceous plant with a perennial rootstock. Few or many stems arise from the rootstock annually and reach a height of about 50 centimetres. The number is probably dependent on weather conditions.
Young stems are hairy. The ground level leaves are numerous, up to 20 centimetres long and persistent. Stem leaves are small, lanceolate, stem-clasping and hairy beneath. Daisy-like flower heads are at least three centimetres across, bright yellow and appear between October and February. Flower heads are very conspicuous and may be likened to dandelion flowers on steroids.
Podolepis jaceoides is widely distributed over eastern and south-eastern Australia and is found in woodland, mallee and grasslands on heavy clay to sandy soils.
The species is not widely cultivated but would be a colourful addition to cottage gardens, path borders, containers and floral bedding displays.
Podolepis jaceoides is a species that we have not cultivated but occurs naturally on our property, Yallaroo. We have noticed that flowering density is dependant on good autumn and winter rain.
A wide range of insects visit our Podolepis flowers. The photo shows an unidentified native bee on a bloom. We have observed small, yellow spiders on the flowers waiting for lunch.
Propagation is from seed and possibly rootstock division. We intend to try rootstock division so this attractive daisy may be introduced into our gardens.
Warren and Gloria Sheather