Arctotis stoechadifolia P.J.Bergius

Silver Arctotis

Desc. Pl. Cap. 324 (1767) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Prostrate to ascending grey-tomentose perennial herb to 80 cm high, becoming woody at base. Leaves sessile, cauline, oblanceolate to lyrate-pinnatisect, mostly 4–10 cm long and 5–30 mm wide, margins irregularly toothed, surfaces both grey-tomentose, more densely so beneath. Capitula terminal, hemispherical, 15–25 mm diam.; involucral bracts ovate to broad-lanceolate, 2–20 mm long, c. 5-seriate. Ligules oblong, 25–30 mm long, obscurely 3-lobed, white, cream, orange above, usually with darker contrasting band just above base, mauve below, or wholly mauve-purple (see note below). Disc florets purplish-black. Cypselas 3–4 mm long, densely sericeous, 5-ribbed, 2 ribs longer and incurved; pappus scales 7 or 8, 3–4 mm long, pinkish. Flowers spring and summer.

*GipP, *HSF, *OtP, *Strz, *VVP. Also natu-ralized WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Native to South Africa. Apparently a garden-escape now naturalised near Barwon Heads, Hawkesdale, Rosebud and Warburton.

Application of species names in Arctotis is complicated, due at least partly to a long history of hybridisation and selection for colorful garden forms. While strictly, A. stoechadifolia has capitula with pale ligules, and most naturalised occurrences are of this type, bright mauve or purple forms are cultivated and likely to spread also.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Asteraceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-01-08
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Arctotis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Arctotis stoechadifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Arctotis stoechadifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced
Strzelecki Ranges present introduced

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory