How to Protect Mount Atlas Daisy


Mount Atlas daisies (Anacyclus depressus) are perennial flowers that grow well in full sun in zones 6-8. Like Shasta and other varieties of daisy, they display pretty white petals and reseed abundantly. However, plants grow to only about 4 to 6 inches in height and prefer more arid conditions, making it a popular choice for rock gardens. Mount Atlas daisies require special measures, even before the seeds are sown, but if protected from excessive moisture, they are beautiful border plants worth the extra attention.


Step 1

Mix daisy seeds with an equal volume of wet horticultural sand.

Step 2

Put mixture inside a plastic bag and refrigerate for 4 weeks.

Step 3

Plant seeds in sandy soil with good drainage in the fall when temperatures are around 65 degrees F. Sprinkle seed/sand mix on top of the soil. If starting seeds indoors in the spring, use potting mix in pots or cell packs, and grow in a spot where there's light (but not direct sunlight) under the same temperature.

Step 4

Thin seedlings after germination to allow room to grow. Ultimately, mature plants should be 6 inches apart.

Step 5

Harden off seeds started indoors for about one week at temperatures around 59 degrees F. Transplant 1-2 weeks after the last frost.

Step 6

Trim back daisy plants after flowering, so roots can continue to receive nourishment.

Step 7

Maintain a level of grittiness to the soil by adding more sand if necessary.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not over-water Mount Atlas daisies. They don't mind if the soil dries out for a brief period before the next watering. Avoid prolonged wet conditions, especially in the winter.

Things You'll Need

  • Seeds
  • Horticultural sand
  • Plastic bag
  • Refrigerator
  • Pots or cell packs (if starting seeds in spring)
  • Potting Mix (if starting seeds in spring)
  • Pruners or clippers


  • Seeds: The Ultimate Guide to Growing Successfully from Seed; Jekka McVicar and Marianne Majerus; 2001.
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About this Author

Sally Bunch has been writing articles for print and online publications for the past two years, including "The Boston Parents Paper," MATSOL Currents, and She holds a Master of Arts in applied linguistics from the University of Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Arts in French language and literature from Boston University.