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.