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GoldDust® Mecardonia hybrid

(27 REVIEWS)
Exposure
  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
5" 20"
Height
2 - 5"
Spread
16 - 20"
  • Details

    Features

    Do you BELIEVE in LOVE at first sight?

    Small green leaves are covered with yellow nemesia-like flowers from May through October, excellent heat tolerance

    Award Winner
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Annual
    Height Category: 
    Short
    Garden Height: 
    2 - 5 Inches
    Spacing: 
    12 - 16 Inches
    Spread: 
    16 - 20 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Yellow
    Flower Shade: 
    Yellow
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    Green
    Habit: 
    Trailing
    Container Role: 
    Spiller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Bloom Time: 
    Planting To Frost
    Hardiness Zones: 
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Uses: 
    Container
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses Notes: 

    Great in landscapes and containers.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Self-cleaning, no deadheading necessary.

    GoldDust® Mecardonia hybrid 'USMECA8205' USPP 22,871, Can PBRAF
  • 27 Reviews

    • Is this plant an annual or perennial ?

      Jan Mayes
      Virginia
      United States
      15 weeks ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Is this plant an annual or perennial ?

      Jan Mayes
      Virginia
      United States
      15 weeks ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • This is an outstanding plant. I bought two last spring to fill a couple of leftover pots on my deck. They quickly spread to about two feet across and spilled over the sides of the pot, with a height of about five inches. They bloomed like mad all summer and fall. We watered regularly and fertilized once, and now in early October on Canada's west coast they are still covered in blooms. I will definitely buy several more of these next year and use them on our deck and in flower beds too. I wish they were perennial, but maybe will our mild winter they will make it through.

      Kathy Smith
      Canada
      2 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • First time buyer in 2016. This is one of the most pleasant surprises. The flowers, while a bit delicate, are a vibrant yellow and it has literally hundreds of flowers blooming as I write this. Given its really low profile it must be used at edge of planter. It spills well and mine is even "climbing" a bit on the Beth's Blue and Tequila Sunrise with which it is grouped. Given the spreading habit of this plant I could see it being an excellent candidate for ground cover provided it does well in native soil. All I have to do with gold dust is water regularly and fertilize weekly. Needs no special treatment and nary an aphid, Jap Beetle or any pest on it. I liked the first one so much I bought another last week. One thing I should mention: the garden center from which I bought these takes impeccable care of their plants. Thus my Proven Winners got off to a great start. Some places like Lowe's or Home Depot kind of take the "winner" out of even Proven Winners.

      Matthew Lamb
      Maryland
      United States
      3 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • This plant was new to me this spring (2015) but the fact that it doesn't grow tall made it a perfect choice as a front border plant. Three 2" pots spread quickly and have bloomed continously all summer. Another plus to this plant is that there is no need to deadhead. I loved how it has performed and plan to use it for both a front border plant and in my fairy garden next year. It truly is a Proven Winner!!! Please, continue to offer it.

      Kathy Heuberger
      Illinois
      United States
      4 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • This plant is definitely an outstanding plant. I have purchased it for the last four years and it has "proven" to be a constant hit for guests, family members and of course, myself. It is resilient, a stunning color and was so eager to pick them up early, but was profoundly disappointed when traveling this spring to just about every nursery on the south shore to find it, with NO results. My favorite nursery said it wasn't available this year and I raced to many to get the same answer. Please bring it back!! A gorgeous annual and lasts all summer long and into early fall!

      Charlene Comeau
      Massachusetts
      United States
      4 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Care instructions recommend sun but it it flowering beautifully in partial shade here in St. Petersburg. My plants in late afternoon sun are thirsty and not blooming nearly as nicely. It's a non stop bloomer and a great container spiller.

      Alyson
      Florida
      United States
      4 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • Plant bloomed fantastically from end of May until then the end of June. No more blossoms. Waited until July 8, and, then, cut back to see what happened but it definitely went to seed.

      Ann Mellin
      Connecticut
      United States
      5 years ago
      Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    • Plant bloomed fantastically from end of May until then the end of June. No more blossoms. Waited until July 8, and, then, cut back to see what happened but it definitely went to seed.

      Ann Mellin
      Connecticut
      United States
      5 years ago
      Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    • New to me this year but planted in containers it's quickly become a firm favourite. I'll be planting Gold Dust as a container "spiller"" every spring.

      Malcolm Beck
      Kansas
      United States
      5 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
  • 79 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2012 Top Performer Mississippi State University - Crystal Springs
    2012 Top Perfomer University of Wisconsin
    2012 Top Perfomer Texas A & M - East Texas Bedding Plant Trial
    2012 Top Performer University of Tennessee - Knoxville
    2012 Top 10 Container Plants North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2012 Best of Breed Ohio State University - Columbus
    2012 Leader of the Pack Ohio State University - Columbus
    2012 Top 10 North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2012 Top Performer Ohio State University Extension - Springfield
    2012 Top Landscape Performer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
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