The name of Anacyclus (Compositae) derives from the Greek anà «above» and kílos «circle», due to the fact that the fertile female flowers are arranged in a circle around the disc of the flower head. They are plants that form shrubs and can be used in rock gardens; the flowers remind those of chrysanthemums and chamomile.
Annual cultivated species:
A. radiatus, an upright, stiff plant, can reach 60 cm in height, has the typical flowering inflorescence with peripheral yellow ligulate flowers and brown hues on the dorsal part; it is spontaneous in Italy. The flowering lasts from May to August; Anacyclus officinarum, has white peripheral ligulate flowers and rarely exceeds 25 centimeters in height.
Perennial cultivated species:
A. atlanticus, a plant with a prostrate stem and white flowers, superiorly and purpureous, inferiorly, longidiurna, blooms in late spring or early summer; Anacyclus depressus, as the previous one has a stem lying on the ground, the flowers are white and crimson in the dorsal part; Anacyclus maroccanus, quite similar to Anacyclus depressus, but larger in size.
these plants require full sun exposure and sandy or gravelly soil. In the rock garden can also be placed on the rocks. The multiplication can take place by seed, sowing at the beginning of spring in a cold box, in full light, on well-drained soil.
Read also: Anacampseros (Portulacaceae)