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Rain Daisy

Dimorphotheca pluvialis

Also known as

Ox-Eye Daisy, Cape-Marigold, Weather Prophet, Cape Daisy, White Namaqualand Daisy, Star-of-the-veldt

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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Rain Daisy Overview

Ox-eye Daisy is a lovely, easy to grow, low-maintenance annual that will grow quickly in winter rainfall areas. When combined with other annuals such as blue flax (Heliophila coronopifolia), true-blue daisy (Felicia heterophylla), and Bokbaai vygies (Dorotheanthus bellidiformis), multitudes of beautiful and interesting Spring displays can be made.

Common problems with Rain Daisy

Ox-eye Daisy is generally not bothered by pests or diseases.

    How to harvest Rain Daisy

    Seeds and flowers can be harvested. Allow seedheads to dry on plants, then remove and collect seeds. Flowers can be cut and used for flower arrangements.

    How to propagate Rain Daisy


    Sow seeds directly in autumn or in seed trays to be planted out later. Cover seeds lightly with sand or fine-milled bark. Germination takes 4 days. Water seeds regularly and transplant in 3-4 weeks.


    You can propagate the annuals by seeds which are sown under glass in mid-spring, the perennials by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

    Special features of Rain Daisy

    Attracts birds

    The soft new growth attracts guinea fowl, which love to eat the seedlings.

    Drought resistant

    Two kinds of seed is produced - one will quickly germinate after rain spell, while the harder thorny set will take longer to make sure plants will survive different weather patterns.

    Attracts bees

    Other uses of Rain Daisy

    Bedding plants also good for borders and window boxes. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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