“Angelita Daisy”, (Tetraneuris ivesiana Greene), provides color and food for bees almost year round. Angelita daisy grows on a perennial mound of short linear leaves that resemble bunch grasses. Slender stems called peduncles hold the daisies in a pretty display above the compact sub-shrub.
I purchased my initial plants from UC Riverside Botanical Garden (www.gardens.ucr.edu) in October 2010. Since then, volunteer seedlings have shown up on the south side of my home along side cement walks and around rocks and in depressions in locations that collect rainwater that runs off of the roof during storms. Try as I might, I have not been able to get it to establish in other locations. Most years I only water once or twice in summer when the plants appear to be slightly translucent. Apparently, Angelita daisy needs a southern exposure with rain water cached under cement or rocks.
Identification verified with the taxonomic key provided in TAXONOMY OF TETRANEURIS (ASTERACEAE: HELENIEAE: TETRANEURINAE) (Bierner and Turner 2003). Common names for this plant found on the internet include: Pesky Sue, Ive’s Four-nerved Daisy, and Angelita Daisy.