Felisia, Agatea - Felicia amelloides

Felicia amelloides

This genus of plants is commonly called Felicia in most of our continent, and is the correct Latin name; in Italy it is often also called Agatea.
It is a perennial of modest size, native to southern Africa, where it is a very widespread plant in sunny areas, with sandy soils.
It produces a beautiful densely branched pillow, made up of small oval leaves, completely covered with a thin sparse hair, which makes them quite rough, of a beautiful dark green color; throughout the summer it produces thin stems, which rise above the leaves, and carry small flower heads with a golden center and sky-blue outer petals.
The particular color of the flowers and the continuous flowering makes the felicia amelloides a plant very suitable for the garden, but also for the balcony, where it goes well with surfinie and geraniums in the pots prepared for spring and summer. To have a plant always ordered and a prolonged flowering it is convenient to constantly trim the withered flowers.

How to grow Felisia

The agatea is well suited to life in full earth or even in pots, it prefers loose and very well drained soils, even sandy; it is planted in the sun, or in partial shade, for example at the base of deciduous plants, so that in winter it can receive direct sunlight. It is an evergreen plant, which continues to vegetate even during the cold season, if it is in the right growing conditions.
It tolerates drought without problems, even if prolonged, although in general in the case of long dry periods it stops flowering completely. During the summer, from April to September, we water regularly, when the soil is well dry, mixing the water of the fertilizer for flowering plants, at least once every 12-15 days.
With the arrival of cold waterings can be thinned out, or even completely suspended.
These plants fear frost; if the frosts are only sporadic and of slight entity the plant simply dries up, to then start to develop again the following year; if instead the frosts are very intense and prolonged it is convenient to place the felicia in a cold greenhouse, or sheltered by a balcony or a non-woven fabric sheet.
Often the felicia is cultivated in pot, and then moved to a sheltered area to the arivo of cold, around October-November; just as often these plants are grown as annuals, given the ease of producing new specimens which makes them quite inexpensive.

Agatea produces over time a small bush, at most 18-25 cm high, practically develops as a ground cover plant; its dimensions make it definitely suitable for cultivation in pots on the terrace, or in small windowsill or balcony tanks.
Remember to plant the plants in containers filled with an excellent soil, and we also remember that often the plants placed in pots are slightly more demanding than the twins planted in the ground: so more regular watering and fertilizing in the right quantities and timing.
If we live in an area with very cold winters, it will be easier to protect our felicities from the cold, as small pots and trays can be easily moved or covered with small remnants of non-woven fabric.