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. (The genus was recently separated from Dimorphotheca.) Osteospermums are native to Africa and parts of the Arabian peninsula. Foliage can be aromatic and either simple or lobed. Showy daisy-like flowers are produced over a long period from late spring into summer and beyond. They often close at night or at low light intensity. Several Osteospermum species can be found in cultivation with many hybrids and cultivars available, bred for a variety of habits and for different flower colours and forms. Popular with gardeners, they are often seen in mixed flower borders and beds, cottage & other informal gardens, Mediterranean planting schemes and gravel gardens. They are also suitable for planting in patio pots or window boxes. Osteospermums seem not to be disturbed by salt-laden winds, making them very good for seaside gardens.