African Daisies

Osteospermum spp.

Cape Daisy, Daisybush

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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.
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Flowering time

Spring, Summer, Autumn


Flowers may self-seed.



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!


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

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Attracts insects like bees and butterflies.

Attracts bees

Attracts butterflies

Pot plant

Drought resistant

Special features


Southern parts of South Africa.

Natural climate




Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture


Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness





Flower colour

Multicoloured, Pink, Purple, Red, White, Yellow

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