Osteospermum fruticosum Hybrids – African Daisy
Osteospermum fruticosum hybrids are a low growing perennial that will reach around 60cm. Also known as the trailing African Daisy.
Flowering from spring through summer they are related to the daisy family and are shrubby plant originally from South Africa.
A mound forming plant with nice grey green foliage the main attraction is the long flowering season, and the drought tolerant nature of the plant once established. Lots of hybrid cultivars available usually in early spring when they first come into flower.
Osteospermum hybrids require little care, they can be pruned back to keep in shape, a sunny position in a well drained soil is essential for goo performance.
The flowers appear on new growth, so for best flowering they are pruned back each year to regenerate new growth and ensure better flowers.
Propagate from cuttings taken early in spring, and replace older untidy plants.
Osteospermum fruticosum – Summary Information
- Height – Will reach 6o cm in height sometimes taller.
- Spread – Will form a clump to around 60 cm across again, sometime more.
- Position – Full sun
- Soil – Well drained humus rich to loamy.
- Flower colours – A wide rang of flower colours are available with the increasing range of hybrids.
- Foliage – Mid to deep green.
- Drought tolerant – Yes once established.
These are a low maintenance plant, however over time the stems can become a little woody. You may find that pruning them back every few years promotes stronger flowering and better foliage growth.
Ostespermum fruticosum are readily available for sale from retail nurseries.