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african daisy

Osteospermum ecklonis

Description:

In its native South Africa, the African daisy bursts into bloom when the spring rains come, although in gardens plants bloom copiously all summer. A tender perennial, it is grown most commonly as an annual. Like many of the plants in the daisy family from South Africa, it's tough enough to live in hot, dry conditions, but a modicum of moisture will bring out stellar blooms. On dull days and at night, arctotis closes its flowers. Description of African daisy: The native species has pearly white flowers centered with steel-blue and encircled with a narrow, yellow band. The flowers are held well above the plant, which forms a compact mound. The leaves are handsome grayish-green that combines well with other colors in the garden. Hybrids with flowers up to 4 inches in diameter have brought other colors -- yellow, cream, white, purple, orange, and red.

Habitat:

Growing African daisy: Bright sunny days and cool nights are ideal. Arctotis also thrives in mild winter areas with high winter light. The plant needs full sun and will tolerate lots of abuse. With richer soil and moderate moisture, there are larger flowers and lusher foliage. Fertilize only lightly. Where summers are very hot, arctotis may cease flowering but will resume again when cooler weather prevails. Propagating African daisy: By seed primarily, although cuttings of choice kinds will root quickly. Sow indoors 6 to 8 weeks prior to last frost at 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Seeds germinate in 15 to 20 days. Plant 8 to 10 inches apart at the same depth they were growing in the flat or pot. For later flowers, sow outdoors after danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed somewhat. Thin garden seedlings to 8 to 10 inches apart.

Notes:

from my garden

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8 Comments

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 9 years ago

Emma, most probably yours is of a different variety- hybrid

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

Susan,thanks. What I am trying to find out though is why are the petals ribbon like? any ideas?

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 9 years ago

Emma, I do not have your variety but I am sure it is an African daisy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osteospermu...

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

Susan,is that an African daisy seed head? Also since you have African Daisies in your garden ,do you think that you could give me a feed back on the petals of this one? Thank you!
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/850...

iamcherreymaiya
iamcherreymaiya 10 years ago

Wow! this flower is a wonder collection if you want to collect all kinds of colors..

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 10 years ago

I posted a enlarged center shot...see what you think CherreyMae

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 10 years ago

I know...actually it is steel blue...I just love the color of the center of the flower.

iamcherreymaiya
iamcherreymaiya 10 years ago

wow, with a shade of royal blue.. im not so sure if I see a lot of flowers with blue.. usually violet or purple but not this blue

SusanEllison
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SusanEllison

Houston, Texas, USA

Spotted on Jun 12, 2011
Submitted on Jun 12, 2011

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