Evergreen shrub, native to central-southern Asia, is also called chrysanthemum pacificum; to the genus ajania belong about thirty species of shrubs, generally of medium or small size. The chrysanthemum pacificum reaches about 40-70 cm in height, with an erect, roundish habit; the stems are thin, semi-identified, dark green in color, bearing numerous alternate, lobed, dark green leaves with a silvery edge; the lower page of the leaves is characteristic gray-silver color. Starting from the end of the summer it produces buds of golden yellow color, united in umbrella-like corymbs, at the apex of the stems; in autumn small daisy-like flowers bloom from them with a truly unique beauty. There are varieties of pacific ajania with white and pink flowers. For compact and dense vegetation it is advisable to trim the stems in spring to guarantee the plant a better growth and development.
For optimal growth of our pacific ajania, place the plant in a sunny, or partially shaded, place; these small shrubs do not fear the cold, but may need to be protected from the sun in areas with particularly hot summers. Direct light from the rays could cause damage to the plant by drying the leaves. In the case of very cold winters, the pacific chrysanthemum can be partially undressed, without suffering any damage that precludes its development the following spring.
The pacific ajania can endure short periods of drought without problems, and generally they need watering only if the ground is decidedly dry. Every 20-25 days it is advisable to provide fertilizer for flowering plants, in half the dose, or to bury organic fertilizer at the foot of the plant at the end of the summer.
The pacific chrysanthemum species grow without problems in any soil, provided it is well drained; they develop best in alkaline, soft and light soils. If desired, they can also be grown in a container, where they need more care than those grown in the ground.
The multiplication of the pacific chrysanthemum generally occurs by seed; in summer and spring it is possible to take semi-woody cuttings, which must be rooted in a mixture of sand and peat in equal parts, even directly in a single container; new plants are planted in the spring. The reproduction by cutting will be possible using a fragment of the plant and installing it in an ideal soil for our plant, in such a way that it develops, recreates the missing parts and gives rise to a new species.
Chrysanthemum of the Pacific - Pacific Ajania: Pests and diseases
Aphids can occasionally ruin floral buds; these plants are often affected by root rot and scab. For the less experienced of gardening, this is a disease that particularly affects fruit plants but not only and leads the plant to dry completely. This disease is caused by a fungus that causes black or bluish spots on the leaves of our peaceful ajania.