Growing African Daisies
Osteospermum, is a genus of flowering plants belonging to the Calenduleae, one of the smaller tribes of the sunflower/daisy family Asteraceae. The African Daisy has a lot of different names: Cape Marigold, Star-of-the-Veldt, Dimorphotheca, Barberton Daisy, Veldt Daisy, Transvaal Daisy, and Gerber Daisy. The African Daisy blooms can be red, white, orange, yellow, or purple, with blue/green or gray/silver foliage. Most African Daisies are purchased in a container, but can grow from seed. It is a perennial plant but is grown as an annual. This flower is great because it is easy to care for, blooms from spring to first frost, and boasts stunning bright colors.
The Best Way To Use African Daisies
The African Daisy can be used in so many different ways: borders, beds, containers, patios, walkways, decks, or any sunny garden location. This hardy flower grows in zones 9-11. It blooms best in full sun and can survive the heat. Planted in well-draining soil, it can tolerate some dry soil. The quickly growing African Daisy gets 1-2 feet tall, and likes breathing room. Space the plants 6-12 inches apart from each other. Bees and butterflies love to hover near this colorful flower.