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African Daisies

Osteospermum spp.

Also known as

Cape Daisy, Daisybush

Full Sun
Light watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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African Daisies Overview

Known as African Daisies, the genus Osteospermum contains around 50 species of half-hardy annuals, perennials or subshrubs in the daisy family, Asteraceae. They are native to Africa and parts of the Arabian peninsula. Foliage is aromatic and either simple or lobed. Showy daisy-like flowers are produced over a long period from late spring, into summer and beyond. Several species are very popular in cultivation with many hybrids and cultivars available, bred for a variety of habits and for different flower colours and forms. They are suitable for planting in pots, window boxes or directly in the garden. Osteospermums seem not to be disturbed by salt-laden winds, making them very good for seaside gardens. The genus was recently separated from Dimorphotheca.

Common problems with African Daisies

How to harvest African Daisies

Flowers may self-seed.

How to propagate African Daisies

Cuttings

Make cuttings from new growth with a bit of older hard wood attached. Place in soil and it will quickly roots. Keep moist in the beginning!

Seed

Start indoors, about 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost in your area. Sow about 0.1 cm deep. They seed themselves freely so there are always plantlets to spread around the garden.

Special features of African Daisies

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Attracts insects like bees and butterflies.

Attracts bees

Attracts butterflies

Pot plant

Drought resistant

Sandy | Soil Specific

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