February 19, 2019

Paradise Found

Brachyscome 'Mauve Delight'

Janine Pineo Photo | Brachyscome 'Mauve Delight'

Take a good look at Brachyscome ‘Mauve Delight’ and think for a moment about its origins. Sure, the Swan River daisy had to come from somewhere. Its finely cut, lacy foliage is a beautiful background to the inch-wide daisies that blossom madly. It thrives in full to part sun and only reaches 8 inches tall, but with an impressive 15- to 18-inch spread. It’s a tender annual here in Maine, so obviously a more tropical locale would be home. Let your imagination take you to the Tasman Sea to a little rock 370 miles east of Australia called Lord Howe Island (you really should click on the link to see this amazing island). ‘Mauve Delight’ is a petite hybrid from the Lord Howe Island daisy, Brachyscome segmentosa. This tropical island is home to about 350 people, but most of the island is virtually untouched with scores of species — both plant and animal — that are found nowhere else on Earth. How big is this impressive rock? Only about 6 miles long and just over a mile wide at its widest. For its size, it packs quite a punch. And you can have a little piece of it in your garden with a pot of ‘Mauve Delight.’