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Euryops pectinatus

Euryops pectinatus is another favorite among homeowners, landscapers, and by extension, every local big box hardware store looking for a quick springtime sale. Fresh from the growers, this evergreen shrub is mostly sold when it is in full bloom with showy, cheerful daisy-like flowers. Hardy, too, tolerant of low water availability, ta boot. For all these reasons, designers might specify them in parks, quasi-public parks, or commercial spaces for a splash of color that could last over lengthy warm seasons. The prolific bloom season, however, means maintenance workers will be spending time deadheading on a regular basis.

The need for deadheading is a good reason to make sure the maintenance program is quantified for the necessary time and resources. For maintenance people and gardeners, deadheading a hedge of this plant could mean manually trimming every spent bloom, clipping off a little foliage to encourage density, while others may save time by wheeling hedge trimmers with mixed success. Know that well cared for specimens will last longer than those that suffer from neglect or abuse.

If there is really any drawback its the overuse in the landscape, right up there with Agapanthus and Lagerstroemia, but not quite as popular as its cousin, E. pectinatus 'Viridis.' The straight species, our subject here, has the popular yellow flowers, but the foliage is gray, two colors that have trended together in the last couple years. By contrast, E. pectinatus 'Viridis' has deep green foliage, which people often prefer.



Botanical Name: Euryops pectinatus

Euryops: Greek, eurys, to hide; opsis, eye. Together somehow describes the flowers.

Pectinatus: Appearing similar to a comb, which refers to the pinnately compound leaves.

Common Name: No common name (sold as Euryops); wooly resin bush, golden euryops, golden daisy bush, wolharpuisbos

Family Name: Asteraceae

Origin: South Africa

design considerations

Positioning: Middle ground

Garden Themes: Sub-tropical, Mediterranean, coastal, cottage

Uses: Border, mass, low screen, informal hedge

identifying characteristics

Type: Evergreen shrub

Form: Round

Texture: Fine

Size: 3' high, 4' wide (may reach 6' high and wide)

Outstanding Feature(s): Flower, foliage

Stems: Light gray


  • Type: Pinnately compound

  • Arrangement: Alternate

  • Shape: Oblong

  • Margin: Lobed

  • Color: Gray-green, silver

  • Surface: Tomentose

Flower: Spring to Autumn. Showy, bright yellow composites, or daisy/radial

Fruit: N/A

cultural requirements, tolerances & problems

Sunset Zones: 8,9, 12-24; H1, H2

USDA Zones: 8-11

Light: Sun

WUCOLS SF Bay Area Hydro Zone: Low


  • Texture: Clay, loam, sand

  • Moisture Retention: Well-drained

  • pH: Acidic to slightly alkaline

Tolerances: Drought


  • Branch Strength: N/A

  • Insects: Nematodes

  • Disease:

citations & attributions

Bayton, R. (2019). The Royal Horticultural Society's the Gardener's Botanical: An Encyclopedia of Latin Plant Names. London: Mitchell Beazley.

Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox. "Euryops pectinatus." North Carolina State University, Raleigh. Accessed on August 14, 2021, from

Norris Brenzel, K. (Ed.). (2012). The New Sunset Western Garden Book. New York: Time Home Entertainment, Inc.

PlantZAfrica. "Euryops pectinatus." South African National Biodiversity Institute, Brummeria. Accessed on August 14, 2021, from

Water Use Classification of Landscape Species. "WUCOLS IV Plant List." University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Davis. Accessed on July 27, 2021.


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