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African Daisy

Arctotis auriculata

African Cape Marigold, Arctotis African Daisies (Eng.), Gousblom (Afr.)

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This African daisy has a bold, graphic look that's hard to find in other daisies. It is a tough plant tolerating drought, poor soil and even a certain amount of neglect. African Daisies grow best in areas where summers aren't too hot, where they will bloom constantly from spring until the first frost.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Spring

Harvesting

A light trim keeps the plant neat and tidy while encouraging new blooms.

Propagation

Cuttings
Plants can be easily propagated with softwood cuttings taken at any time of the year. African daisies do not transplant well, rather make new slips!
Seed
Sow African Daisy seeds directly into the garden in early spring, or start them indoors 6-8 weeks before the date of your last killing frost. Germination time takes 10-14 days.

Special features

Attracts birds
Large blooms attracts birds
Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees and butterflies
Pot plant
Very suitable for containers

Geography

Origin
South Africa
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Notes
Pioneer plant - grows quickly to cover large areas, giving more slow-growing plants time to establish.

Personality

Family
Asteraceae
Flower colour
Yellow, orange, pink
Scent
None

Problems

Remove old and spent leaves to prevent fungus infections. If a problem arises treat them with an insecticidal soap and or fungicide.

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