Gazania 'Tiger Eye' is a tender perennial throughout the summer and autumn in cooler climates. In warmer areas of the country flowering and growth is better through winter and spring. The cream and green foliage of 'Tiger Eye' hugs the ground when used as a border planting. It is a perennial. They are water misers once established.
'Tiger Eye' can be used in mixed flower gardens where the home owner wants a contrasting garden. They give a trouble free performance in sunny gardens as long as the ground has been well prepared and is free draining. As a container plant in your outdoor room, around your pool or deck, Tiger Eye will grow and perform as long as the media is kept moist. Never allow to completely dry out. They are well adapted for flower gardens in warm dry climates where little or no frost occurs. Use for summer displays in the cooler areas. Ideal for planting on banks.
With good preparation of the ground before planting little extra needs to be done to grow 'Tiger Eye' well. Make sure that the soil is not too rich in nitrogen for better flowering. After the flowering season has finished, it is quite easy to put cuttings into small pots, root them and hold in a sheltered position for planting in the following season.
Gazania ringens is native to coastal areas of Southern Africa. The species is named for Theodore of Gaza who translated into Latin the works of Aristotle and Theophrastus, he died in 1478. They are members of the daisy family. 'Tiger Eye' was selected from amoung a batch of seedlings in a South African Nursery.