Also known as
African Cape Marigold, Arctotis African Daisies, Gousblom (Afr.)
This plant has no fragrance
African Daisy Overview
This African daisy has a bold, graphic look that's hard to find in other daisies. It is a tough plant tolerating drought, poor soil and even a certain amount of neglect. African Daisies grow best in areas where summers aren't too hot, where they will bloom constantly from spring until the first frost.
Common problems with African Daisy
Remove old and spent leaves to prevent fungus infections. If a problem arises treat them with an insecticidal soap and or fungicide.
How to harvest African Daisy
A light trim keeps the plant neat and tidy while encouraging new blooms.
How to propagate African Daisy
Plants can be easily propagated with softwood cuttings taken at any time of the year. African daisies do not transplant well, rather make new slips!
Sow African Daisy seeds directly into the garden in early spring, or start them indoors 6-8 weeks before the date of your last killing frost. Germination time takes 10-14 days.
Special features of African Daisy
Large blooms attracts birds
Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees and butterflies
Very suitable for containers
Other uses of African Daisy
Pioneer plant - grows quickly to cover large areas, giving more slow-growing plants time to establish.