Sometimes the most common perennials have the most striking flowers. An example is the Gazania rigens, or Treasure Flower. It is used in the Phoenix area as an annual in resort hotel flowerbeds and in housing development common areas, and the Daybreak Red Stripe is the most popular cultivar. It is also sold as Tiger Gazania.
The dozen or so Gazania plants I had in my garden, having finished their natural lifespan, died out this past spring, so I will reseed their beds this coming winter. The Gazania plants are the first flowers I get in very early spring, and I especially love the Red Stripe.
Gazanias, which strongly resemble daisies, do not work as cut flowers as daisies do because their stems are too short. In addition, the flowers close at sunset, and never even open on cloudy days, so they just won’t do in the house. What a shame.