If you’re a newbie to gardening and are starting to plant flowers around your yard, these common daisy flowers might be of interest to you.

Daisies are one of the most recognizable and common flowers. Nearly everyone can recognize the classic shape of a daisy: white petals surrounding a bright yellow center. However, there are thousands of varieties of daisies, ranging in size, shape, and naturally occurring colors. Some daisies you may not even realize are daisies.

The popularity of daisies is based on just how common the flowers are, like roses, but without the price tag. A bouquet of daisies can be picked up inexpensively for a girlfriend or wife, as a surprise. These beauties come in so many colors, and can easily be dyed colors that they don’t naturally come in, that the big blooms can complement nearly any garden.

Planting daisies in your garden is a great place to start for beginners, as sun-loving daisies grow quickly, continuously, and are pretty tough to kill, whether by too much love, or not enough.

Some of the most common daisy flowers that you may not even have realized are daisies are waiting for you to find a place for them in your garden!

1. Gloriosa Daisy

Gloriosa daisies, or rudbeckia hirta, are more commonly known as black-eyed susans or brown-eyed susans. These are annuals that bloom in late summer and early autumn. Widely cultivated in parks and gardens during the summer for summer displays, wildflower gardens, and prairie themed beddings, this is also the Maryland state flower, and can be seen at nearly every Maryland festival. The vase life of gloriosa daisies is about 10 days.

2. Marguerite Daisy

Marguerite Daisies, or argyranthemum frutescens, are commonly called Paris daisy. This variety of daisy is native to the Canary Island, with thicker petals than other daisies. They are popular as an ornamental plant in gardens and parks, and do best in full-sun. They bloom throughout the spring and summer, although they are most beautiful in the spring. In private gardens, they are frequently used at the borders of houses because they grow continuously. These big, beautiful blooms attract a lot of butterflies, so butterfly watchers tend to love these showy flowers.

3. Shasta Daisy

Shasta Daisies, or leucanthemum x superbum, are commonly grown perennials with the classic daisy appearance of thin white petals around a bright yellow center. Shasta daisies are a hybrid produced in 1890, and have become a favorite garden plant and ground cover. Like other members of the daisy family, shasta daisies are popular because they’re easy to grow and hard to kill.

4. Gerbera Daisy

Gerbera Daisies are native to the tropical regions of South America, Asia, and Africa. These come in bright shades of yellow, orange, white, pink, or red, and are widely used as ornamental flowers or plants. Gerbera daisies are actually the 5th most cut flower in the entire world, and last up to a week in a vase, making them popular with flower arrangers. These big showy blooms are attractive to both bees and butterflies, but vulnerable to deer, so a fence may be required to keep your gerberas alive.

5. Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflowers, or echinacea purpurea, are perennial, ornamental flowers that, like most daisies, love the sun. This variation is native to North America, and has been used for medicinal purposes by native peoples for hundreds of years. Wild-growing purple coneflowers are almost always the vibrant purple we tend to see in gardens, which makes these flowers popular, like black-eyed susans, in wildflower or prairie gardens.

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Swamp Sunflower Care: Growing Swamp Sunflowers In Gardens

Swamp sunflower plant is a close cousin to the familiar garden sunflower, and both are big, bright plants that share an affinity for sunlight. However, as its name suggests, swamp sunflower prefers moist soil and even thrives in clay-based or poorly drained soil. This makes swamp sunflowers in the garden an ideal choice for wet areas, including boggy sites that remain waterlogged for extended periods.

Swamp Sunflower Info

Swamp sunflower plant (Helianthus angustifolius) is a branching plant that produces deep green leaves and masses of bright yellow, daisy-like petals surrounding dark centers. The flowers, which measure 2 to 3 inches across, appear in late summer and early fall when most plants are finished for the season.

Swamp sunflower grows wild across much of the eastern United States, and is often found in coastal marshlands and

disturbed areas such as along roadside ditches. Swamp sunflower is hard to miss, as it reaches heights of 5 to 7 feet or more.

This plant is ideal for a native planting or wildflower meadow, and will attract a variety of butterflies, bees and birds. Swamp sunflower plant is suitable for growing in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 through 9.

Growing Swamp Sunflowers

Swamp sunflower plants are available at most garden centers and nurseries. You can also plant seeds directly in the garden or propagate swamp sunflower by dividing a mature plant.

Although swamp sunflower tolerates boggy soil, it spreads rapidly when grown in moist, well-drained soil. The plant tolerates light shade but prefers full sunlight. Too much shade may result in a weak, leggy plant with few blooms. Provide plenty of space; each plant can spread to a width of 4 to 5 feet.

Once established, swamp sunflowers in the garden require little maintenance, so your swamp sunflower care will be minimal. The adaptable plant tolerates dry soil for short periods but will do best if you provide water whenever the soil feels dry. A 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch will help keep the soil cool and moist, but don’t let the mulch pile up against the stems.

Trim the plant by one-third in early summer to produce a bushy, prolific plant. Remove faded blooms before they go to seed if you don’t want volunteers, as the plant can be invasive in some areas.

Growing African Daisies – Tips For Growing Osteospermum

Osteospermum has become a very popular plant for flower arrangements in the past few years. Many people may wonder what is osteospermum? This flower is better known as the African daisy. Growing osteospermum at home is possible. Learn how to care for African daisies in your garden rather than having to pay those pricey florist costs.

How to Care for African Daisies

Osteospermum is from Africa, hence the name African daisies. Growing African daisies requires conditions similar to those found in Africa. It likes heat and full sun. It needs well drained soil and, in fact, will tolerate dry soils.

Osteospermum is an annual and, like most annuals, it enjoys extra fertilizer. But the nice thing about African daisies is that they are one of the few annuals

that will still bloom for you if they are planted in poor soil.

When growing osteospermum, you can expect them to start blooming about mid-summer. If you have grown them from seed yourself, they may not start blooming until late summer. You can expect them to grow to be 2-5 feet high.

Growing African Daisies from Seed

If available, you can buy osteospermum from a local nursery as a seedling but, if they are not available near you, you can grow them from seed. Because these are African plants, many people wonder “what is the planting time for African daisy seeds?” They should be started indoors around the same time as your other annuals, which is about 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost in your area.

African daisies need light to germinate, so you simply need to sprinkle the seeds on top of the soil to plant them. Do not cover them. Once you have them on the soil, place them in a cool, well lit location. Do not use heat to germinate them. They do not like it.

You should see growing osteospermum seedlings in about 2 weeks. Once the seedlings are 2”-3” high, you can transplant them into individual pots to grow until the last frost has passed.

After first frost, you can plant the seedlings in your garden. Plant them 12”- 18” apart for best growth.

Half Hardy Osteospermums

Most Osteospermums listed on this website are half hardy perennials. This means they are tender and won’t survive cold winters. They usually can cope with mild frosts, but in areas where the temperatures drop below -2 degrees Celsius they’ll have problems surviving.This explains why most growers list them as an annual plant, even though they are in reality tender perennials.

Hardy Osteospermums

Another interesting and often confusing category is the group of so called Hardy Osteospermums. These are also perennial and are called ‘hardy’, because they tend to survive in colder temperatures. This certainly doesn’t mean that they are hardy everywhere. We’ve been growing them for several years in East Anglia (UK) and so far without any losses due to frost.

The hardy types also distinguish themselves by their growth habit. They are prostrate and have the tendency to spread. They are mainly of the jucundum and ecklonis species. Another distinguishing feature is the dark blue centre of the disc, which is present in all the jucundum varieties. The leaves are lancet, whereas the leaves of ‘Ecklonis Prostratum’ are toothed.

O. Lady Leitrim

Another obvious characteristic of the hardy types is the profuse flowering in early spring. However, unlike many other Osteospermums they don’t get such a profuse second flush of flowers, although they continue flowering until the first frosts (and often beyond) with sporadic flowering. Go To The Hardy Varieties Page

Dimorphotheca

There seems to be some confusion about the annual and perennial forms. Although Osteospermums were formerly called ‘Dimorphotheca’ one has to remember that this name is now only used for the annual forms. These annuals are also known as ‘Star of the Veldt’ and are very different to the plants we know as ‘Osteospermum’.

D. aurantiaca

For a big picture of Dimorphotheca aurantiaca

The name ‘Osteospermum’ is exclusively used for the perennial forms. Both have in common that the flowers close at night. But the annuals or ‘Dimorphotheca’ are in many aspects very different to ‘Osteospermums’. The garden varieties are hybrids of D. aurantiaca. Their colour range is quite different: orange, cream, white, yellow and salmon-pink. Like all other annuals ‘Dimorphotheca’ can be grown from seed. The flowering period isn’t as long and frequent as that of Osteospermums and the plant isn’t as long lived. The plants aren’t suitable to propagate by cuttings. They are hardy annuals, so seeds can be sown in autumn as well as in spring. They dislike root disturbance, so it’s advisable to sow seeds where they are to flower. The plants need a well-drained sandy soil. Place them in full sun or the flowers will refuse to open. Dead-head regularly to prolong flowering.

WARNING: At present some of the reputable seed companies are incorrectly selling ‘Dimorhotheca’ under the name ‘Osteospermum’. You will have to draw your own conclusions as to why they are doing this!! One company is even selling ‘Livingstone Daisies’ (‘Mesembryanthemum’) under the name of ‘Osteospermum’. We recommend to first check if you are really buying ‘Osteospermums’ before ordering seed. To help you decide what you are buying see our Lists of Osteospermum and Dimorphotheca Seed.

Osteospermum Care Guide: How to Grow Cape Daisy

Osteospermum Care

Osteospermum are easy to look after. Once established they require little care and are generally a cheerful and self-sufficient addition to the garden. Many will spread and provide good ground cover, too.

Light requirements

Osteospermum likes to be in a sunny position either in the border or in a pot on a nice sunny patio. They will flower best in full sun; however, they will tolerate partial shade.

Water requirements

These plants tolerate dry conditions well. However, they should be watered well in the first two weeks after planting. Once established, they may need watering once a week if the weather is dry. Container grown plants should not be allowed to completely dry out as this can cause them to drop buds.

Soil requirements

These plants prefer free draining soil, so, if yours is on the heavy side, add plenty of grit prior to planting. They like a reasonably fertile soil so add some soil improver or organic compost if yours is less than ideal. Ensure that any pots used for these plants have plenty of drainage holes so that the roots do not get soggy.

Fertilizer requirements

Feeding your osteospermum fortnightly in the growing season will promote flowering. This is especially important if they are grown in containers.

Planting

Osteospermum can be planted out in May once any chance of frost has passed. Choose a sunny location in free draining soil. Bought plants should be planted as soon as possible after purchase. Mix a light application of organic fertiliser or soil improver before planting. Dig a hole twice the width of the rootball. Position so the plant is level to the soil in the same relation it was in the pot. Backfill, firm in and water.

If you are planting out plants you have grown from cuttings, prepare the soil by digging in some organic fertilizer or soil improver. Using a trowel dig holes 10-15 cm (4-6 inches) apart depending on the mature size of the variety you have chosen. Remove your plants from the pot, tease out any tangled roots and put them in the prepared holes. Backfill the holes and then firm the plants in gently to remove any air pockets around the roots. Water well.

Maintenance

Your osteospermum requires little in the way of maintenance. You can deadhead your plant and cut back any straggly or wilting stems to keep the plant tidy. In addition, feed fortnightly during the growing season.

Repotting

Pot grown plants should be repotted once the rootball becomes congested. Choose a new container a few inches larger than the plant’s rootball. Ensure the pots has adequate drainage holes and cover these with some broken crocks to prevent them from becoming blocked.

Looks good with

Osteospermum are bright and cheerful plants that add an element of gaiety to any garden. If you love the jazzy look, then just plant lots of varieties together and enjoy the bold, clashing colours. It’s probably wise to include a few other plants with them however as they sometimes stop flowering in very hot weather. This could leave your border looking a little bare in midsummer without anything flowering. Something like petunias, coreopsis or ageratum would work well.

If you are looking for a subtler addition to the garden some varieties are a little more muted. ‘Snow Pixie’ is a lovely little variety that would suit a white garden, prairie garden or a cottage garden. Another striking but sophisticated planting scheme is to combine ‘Soprano White’, which has a blue centre, with other blue flowers such as salvia or veronica.

The bright colours of osteospermum also look good against simpler, plainer colours. Planting with white flowering or green flowering plants or against a backdrop of foliage allows the Cape daisy to show off without becoming too garish. Try a white agapanthus such as ‘Albiflora’, a white allium such as ‘White Giant’ or a yellow-green heuchera such as ‘Citronelle’ or ‘Lime Marmalade’.

Pruning advice

The hardier types of osteospermum benefit from cutting back to around 3 inches in height in early spring before new growth starts. By removing most of the old foliage, you will encourage the plant to put its energies into producing new growth.

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Osteospermum Purple Sun won the FleuroStar Award 2018/19

Our Osteospermum Purple Sun could convince the judges in this year’s Fleuroselect contest and has been awarded with the FleuroStar 2018/2019. Therewith, we won the coveted award for the variety with the ‘wow’effect at point of sale for the second year in a row. Purple Sun follows our Calibrachoa PinkTastic®, which won the Award last year.
Like the summer sun setting over the ocean, such is the colour play of our latest Osteospermum ecklonis. Several shades of orange fade into a deep purple ring that surrounds the heart of the flower. Growers will love the good branching and the easily controllable plant habit. Purple Sun can perfectly be integrated in any existing Osteo production scheme and the enchanting orange-purple colour combination will genuinely shine at point of sale. Consumers will love the non-fading colours and excellent outdoor performance. Heike Gronemann, chairwoman of the jury, said: “Purple Sun convinced the jury with its impressive visual impact at point of sale and commercial potential. Purple Sun will be a true winner with the Wow Factor for the entire industry.” We developed a marketing concept based on the slogan “Purple Sun – takes you to the summer” in line with the summer colours of Purple Sun which will be used in the form of posters, banners, labels and other POS materials.
Our breeder Maike Boxriker received the award beaming with joy at the celebratory awards ceremony on 14 June 2018 and she cheered together with her colleagues onstage. Maike Boxriker when being asked, if she had expected this: “No, I’m really surprised and so happy!”.
The new FleuroStar winner will receive considerable marketing support. Next to conducting an international press campaign, Fleuroselect promotes the new winner at trade fairs and industry events.
The FleuroStar Contest is held annually during the FlowerTrials® week in June. An independent panel of more than 30 expert judges from across the industry, inclduing breeders, young plant producers, growers, distributors, trade representatives and journalists choose the winner with the ‘wow’effect at point of sale.

Osteospermum ‘Voltage Yellow’

AT A GLANCE
Latin name: Osteospermum ‘Voltage Yellow’
Common name: African daisy
Flowers: Luminescent yellow daisies
Mature size: 16” tall by 24” wide
Spacing: 12-15”
Hardiness: Cool-season annual
Soil: Well-drained
Exposure: Full sun
Water usage: Medium
Sources: Local nurseries

Spring in Texas comes in fits and spurts, interspersed with late arctic blasts and unpredictable weather. But it takes only a day or two of 60-degree weather and some sunshine, and every Texas gardener gets the itch to start working in the yard. Invariably, we just have plant something! Every one of us knows that there is going to be another frost, but that doesn’t stop us from heading to the nurseries in droves with our credit cards out and our trowels at the ready.

We get to the nursery, and what do we buy? It’s too early for lantana and impatiens; they won’t even survive a 40-degree night — and it’s really too late to be planting pansies or violas. So what do we bring home? There’s the old standby geranium, but we want something new and bright that will stand up to cooler weather and last until June. Well, fellow gardeners, I have a new early spring plant for you: ‘Voltage Yellow’ African daisy.

This luminescent, daffodil-yellow daisy is so bright it practically glows — perfect for killing the winter doldrums. Osteospermums, commonly called African daisies, have been around for years and are very common on the West Coast. ‘Voltage Yellow’ is one of the first super-vigorous, seed-grown varieties. This variety has excelled in our Dallas Arboretum Trial Garden for early spring color, winning our “Arboretum Approved” status. The plants grow quickly and flower continuously. ‘Voltage Yellow’ loves the cooler weather and bright days of spring, but like other early spring garden plants, it just can’t take our super hot days of summer. We’ve found that it will last until mid- to late June most years, and at that point, it’s time for a replacement.

‘Voltage Yellow’ does equally well planted solidly in color beds or in containers. However you use it, make sure the soil is well drained. Heavy spring rains can saturate the soil, and this plant does not like to sit with wet feet. I prefer using this glowing yellow flower planted solo; it is such a bright color that it will overpower other plants. ‘Voltage Yellow’ is easy to grow as long as it has full sun and a constant supply of nutrients, so feed it heavily.

Osteospermum

Osteospermum

Osteospermum has only been in trade since the early ’90s, making it a fairly recent addition to the horticultural world. With their daisylike blossoms in a myriad of colors, osteospermums were a quick hit. Plant these cheery blooms with other cool-season plants for a pleasing pop of color.

genus name
  • Osteospermum
light
  • Part Sun,
  • Sun
plant type
  • Annual
height
  • 1 to 3 feet
width
  • 1 to 2 feet wide
flower color
  • Purple,
  • Orange,
  • White,
  • Pink,
  • Yellow
foliage color
  • Blue/Green
season features
  • Spring Bloom,
  • Fall Bloom,
  • Summer Bloom
special features
  • Low Maintenance,
  • Attracts Birds,
  • Good for Containers,
  • Cut Flowers
zones
  • 9,
  • 10,
  • 11
propagation
  • Seed,
  • Stem Cuttings

Garden Plans For Osteospermum

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Colorful Combinations

When osteospermums first came to the market, there were only few colors to choose from, primarily white and peach. Even with a limited color selection, their bright blue-purple centers made them a popular garden choice. With more breeding under their belt, there are a variety of new colors to choose from. They are one of the hottest plants on the market.

Osteospermum Care Must-Knows

Osteospermums, similar to snapdragons and pansies, are most often grown as cool-season annuals that pack a fragrant punch. Some varieties are hardy to Zones 10-11, but it’s best to grow them in mild climates. In many instances, the plants will take a break from blooming during the hot summer until cool nights resume in fall.

Ideally, osteospermum prefers full sun—the more sun you can give them, the better they will bloom. Osteospermum prefers evenly moist, well-drained soils. Be cautious, though—too-wet soil is a sure way to stress out, and even kill, osteospermums. Once they are established, they are fairly tolerant of drought. Remove any spent blooms and fertilize regularly to keep them blooming and looking their best. See cool-season container ideas.

One common pest you may see on osteospermums is thrips. These are long, green bugs that like to feed on flower pollen and use their sharp mouthparts to scrape the petals for water. This damages buds and contorts new growth. Luckily, there are many other beneficial insects out during the growing season that will keep these pests in check.

New Innovations

Because this is a group of plants still fairly new to the horticultural industry, there are exciting varieties popping up every year. Research is being done to create longer-lasting blooms that stay open all day and night. Also, the center disk flowers have been modified to be longer and denser, creating a 3-D effect. New colors of osteospermum are constantly being created, as well.

More Varieties of Osteospermum

‘Flower Power Spider White’ Osteospermum

Osteospermum ‘Flower Power Spider White’ shows off an abundance of daisy-shape blooms with unique spoon-shape petals. It grows 14 inches tall. Zones 9-11

‘Mara’ Osteospermum

Osteospermum ‘Mara’ produces large blooms of apricot-tan petals that blend to a beautiful soft pink at the center. This compact selection grows 10 inches tall. Zones 9-11

‘Serenity Lavender Frost’ Osteospermum

Osteospermum ‘Serenity Lavender Frost’ bears white flowers with a lavender-purple center on 14-inch-tall plants. Zones 9-11

‘Peach Symphony’ Osteospermum

Osteospermum ‘Peach Symphony’ bears soft, peachy-coral flowers in spring and fall on drought-tolerant plants that grow 14 inches tall. Zones 9-11

‘Serenity Purple’ Osteospermum

Osteospermum ‘Serenity Purple’ bears rich-purple flowers on mounding plants that grow 14 inches tall. Zones 9-11

Sideshow Copper Apricot Osteospermum

Osteospermum ‘Sideshow Copper Apricot’ bears soft apricot-orange flowers with a purple blush on a mounding, 1-foot-tall plant. Zones 9-11

‘Soprano Compact Purple’ Osteospermum

Osteospermum ‘Soprano Compact Purple’ bears purple flowers on drought-tolerant, compact plants that grow only 10 inches tall. Zones 9-11

‘Soprano Vanilla Spoon’ Osteospermum

Osteospermum ‘Soprano Vanilla Spoon’ bears white flowers with spoon-shape petals on drought-tolerant, 2-foot-tall plants. Zones 9-11

‘Sunny Dark Florence’ Osteospermum

Osteospermum ‘Sunny Dark Florence’ bears orange flowers on a 12-inch-tall plant. Zones 9-11

‘Yellow Symphony’ Osteospermum

Osteospermum ‘Yellow Symphony’ bears golden-yellow flowers with purple centers on drought-tolerant, 14-inch-tall plants. Zones 9-11

‘Zion Plum’ Osteospermum

Osteospermum ‘Zion Plum’ is a strong-growing selection with blue-purple flowers in spring and fall. It grows 12 inches tall. Zones 9-11

‘Zion Sun Yellow’ Osteospermum

Osteospermum ‘Zion Sun Yellow’ is a vigorous selection with yellow flowers in spring and fall. It grows 12 inches tall. Zones 9-11

Plant Osteospermum With:

The quintessential cottage flower, pinks are treasured for their grasslike blue-green foliage and abundant starry flowers, which are often spicily fragrant. Depending on the type of pink, flowers appear in spring or summer and tend to be pink, red, white, rose, or lavender, but come in nearly all shades except true blue. Plants range from tiny creeping groundcovers to 30-inch-tall flowers, which are a favorite with florists. Shown: ‘Firewitch’ dianthus

Even without its fabulous scent, heliotrope would be widely grown in the garden. It has a distinctive scent: Some say it smells like cherry pie, others say a grape ice pop, still others say vanilla. Regardless, it is undeniably one of the most intriguingly scented plants in the garden. As a bonus, this tropical plant, grown as an annual, bears big clusters of rich purple, blue, or white flowers. Heliotrope thrives in a spot with full sun and moist, well-drained soil. It’s a great container plant; try it in a window box or next to a doorway where you can enjoy it frequently. For the strongest scent, group several plants together where they can get afternoon sun. That warming sun releases the fragrance.

Few gardens should be without the easy charm of snapdragons. They get their name from the fact that you can gently squeeze the sides of the intricately shaped flower and see the jaws of a dragon head snap closed. The blooms come in gorgeous colors, including some with color variations on each flower. Plus, snapdragons are an outstanding cut flower. Gather a dozen or more in a small vase and you’ll have one of the prettiest bouquets around. Snapdragons are especially useful because they’re a cool-season annual, coming into their own in early spring when the warm-season annuals, such as marigolds and impatiens, are being planted. They’re also great for fall color. Plant snapdragon in early spring, a few weeks before your region’s last frost date. Deadhead regularly for best bloom and fertilize regularly. Snapdragons often self-seed in the landscape if not deadheaded, so they come back year after year, though the colors from hybrid plants will often end up muddy-looking. In mild regions, the entire plant may overwinter if covered with mulch. Shown: ‘Rocket Red’ snapdragon

Instead of buying, you can ‘make’ new African Daisy plants yourself by propagating them through cuttings from late spring to late summer.

Common Diseases & Problems

This tough ‘bone-hard’ plant is relatively free of diseases and is pest-resistant, and more so when it is in good health and not under stress.

In high humidity, Osteospermum can contract two fungal diseases, downy mildew and grey mould. In either case, promptly cut off the affected areas of the plant. If the plant is indoors, reduce humidity and increase air circulation. If it is outdoors, see that it is not covered or closed-in by other foliage.

While downy mildew cannot be controlled with consumer-class fungicides, to combat grey mould, after cutting off the diseased parts, you could swab and rub adjacent areas with a very diluted solution of thiophanate methyl.

The other problem that may affect this plant is aphids. They are one of the most destructive of pests because of how rapidly they multiply and the amount of damage they cause. Spray or rub a one percent solution of Orthene on the infestation and on the surrounding parts and foliage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are osteospermum hardy plants?

In general, Osteospermum plants are half-hardy, that is they can survive one or two touches of frost but not repeated frosts. More specifically, hardiness depends on the particular species or cultivar. For example, Osteospermum ‘Silver Sparkler’ is not even half-hardy whereas Osteopermum jucundum is actually hardy. Varieties with spoon-shaped petals or smooth- or entire-margined leaves indicate a tender or, at best, a half-hardy variety.

Is osteospermum perennial or annual?

Either and both – it depends on the particular Osteospermum and the climate. The species grow in their natural habitats as perennials while the cultivars are grown as annuals. However, in warm climates that do not undergo a frost, cultivars can continue as perennials while in cold climates species are grown as annuals. Also see section Hard to Pin Down.

How big do osteospermum get?

The most common height for Osteospermum varieties is between 30 and 40 centimetres with an average of about 36 centimetres. A few species such as Osteospermum ecklonis can hit a height of one metre.

How can I overwinter osteospermum?

Overwintering Osteospermum plants outdoors is difficult in heavy soils or frost-prone areas. Indeed, the best and most reliable way to overwinter this plant in the United Kingdom is by taking cuttings, preferably softwood cuttings in the summer. Plant the cuttings in pots and keep them indoors, optionally under glass.

Do deer eat osteospermum?

They do if they must but not if they can help it. Deer avoid this plant as do rabbits.

Is osteospermum poisonous to cats or dogs?

They are not poisonous to cats or dogs, though they can cause gastrointestinal tract irritation or diarrhoea if ingested in large quantities.

Elegance: the ‘Classic’ Daisy Look of Osteopermum Weetwood

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