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African Daisies

Osteospermum spp.

Also known as

Cape Daisy, Spanish Marguerite, Magrietjie (Afr.), African daisy

Osteospermum ecklonis1 by Joaquim Alves Gaspar (CC BY 2.5)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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African Daisies Overview

Known as African Daisies, the genus Osteospermum contains around 50 species of half-hardy annuals, perennials or subshrubs in the daisy family, Asteraceae. (The genus was recently separated from Dimorphotheca.) Osteospermums are native to Africa and parts of the Arabian peninsula. Foliage can be aromatic and either simple or lobed. Showy daisy-like flowers are produced over a long period from late spring into summer and beyond. They often close at night or at low light intensity. Several Osteospermum species can be found in cultivation with many hybrids and cultivars available, bred for a variety of habits and for different flower colours and forms. Popular with gardeners, they are often seen in mixed flower borders and beds, cottage & other informal gardens, Mediterranean planting schemes and gravel gardens. They are also suitable for planting in patio pots or window boxes. Osteospermums seem not to be disturbed by salt-laden winds, making them very good for seaside gardens.

Common problems with African Daisies

How to propagate African Daisies


Start indoors, about 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost in your area. Sow about 0.1 cm deep. They seed themselves freely so there are always plantlets to spread around the garden.


Softwood cuttings in late spring or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer.

Special features of African Daisies

Attractive flowers

Pot plant

Drought resistant

Attracts useful insects

Attracts insects like bees and butterflies

Ornamentals to Plant Outside in April

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