Ursinia is a genus of about 40 species of annuals, herbaceous perennials and subshrubs in the family Asteraceae, native to South Africa.
Ursinia is popular for its daisy-like, showy flowers that bloom all season long. The flowers attract bees, as well as other beneficial insects. This is one of the easiest plants to grow and is ideal for beginner gardeners.
The name is given in honor of Johannes Heinrich Ursinus (1608–1667), a botanist from Germany who was the author of Arboretum Biblicum.
Ursinia is a symbol of innocent love.
Interesting facts about Ursinia:
Attracting Pollinators With Optical Illusion
Recent research shows that some plants (including Ursinias) use a trick of physics, an optical effect to attract the pollinators such as bees.
The bees have a preference to the color blue, but it’s hard for plants to make that color in their petals so they create ethereal halos of blue light around their petals which are invisible to humans, but visible to bees. In other words, the plants are using disorder to generate a specific color in order to attract pollinators, which is an interesting fact from an evolutionary point of view.
Ursinia has yellow, red or orange flowers.
Spring, Autumn, Winter, Summer
Ursinia grows from 20 cm to 60 cm (8 inches to 2 ft) in height.
Ursinia prefers sandy, fertile and well drained soil.