Anisyia Livejasmin (Aphids)
Anisyia livejasmin (L.) J. or A.C. de Queimada, the common name for this plant is usually used in Europe but it is also known as chrysanthemum or the common marigold. The plant is native to Eurasia, Australia and some parts of North America. It was introduced to Florida in the 19th century by an American surgeon. The plant is a member of the marigold family, which includes other members such as lily and basil.
Anisyia latifolia (or Anis autos) is a deciduous perennial herb with fleshy leaves and purple, red or pink flowers. It’s commonly called “champagne”. The flowers are tall and pendulous and have a pungent odor. As the plant matures, the flowers fade to a white color. Aphids are attracted to this lovely plant.
It is a creeping perennial that grows up to two feet tall. It has grayish green foliage that is a few inches long. Flowers appear in May through July. The leaved has a bitter taste, which is generally attributed to the presence of a predator insect.
The plant has a fissured stem and grows in fields or along roadsides. The flower heads rarely bear any fruit, which is why they are popular with gardeners as mulch. However, aphids do eat some foliage leaves of the plant. Some gardeners transplant the anisy to other areas after the aphids have taken hold, especially when there are large populations.
The anisyia is not disease-free. Mildew and root rot may occasionally occur on some plants. Aphids sometimes survive a harvest because of the plant’s ability to regenerate. The best way to control aphid infestations is to avoid planting them. However, if you do plant them, make sure that they are placed in conditions where they will not be disturbed, such as in a raised bed, container garden, arbor, or potted garden.
Anisy plants grow easily whether they are planted in a sunny spot or shaded one. They love acidic or sour soils. They can tolerate some shade but prefer well-drained acidic soil. They do well in pots where the potting medium drains easily and they do well in fertilizer-free fertilizers.
Flowers bloom during May through August. The flowers look like small daffodils with pink petals. The center blushed flowers look like miniature roses. The purple flowers, which are about two-thirds the size of the flower itself, are the most rare of the anisy species.
Flowers may be eaten by aphids, so it is important to control any anisyia plants that may attract insects. Keep young seedlings contained during warm, sunny hours. The young plants should also be kept damp during dry periods. The anisyia plant is a very attractive foliage plant that will add color to your garden.
If you would like to grow this plant as a houseplant, be sure to prune it regularly. Clip the top of the stems if you want them to grow up into beautiful blooms. Prune them frequently after they have bloomed their flowers. This will allow them to produce more seed. Do not leave the plant unattended for the winter.