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Cape daisy

Osteospermum spp.

African daisy, Spanish marguerite (Eng.), Magrietjie (Afr.)

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Cape daisies are known as osteospermums and are one of the most popular and hardy bedding plants. It is suitable for planting in pots, window boxes or directly in the garden. Osteospermums seem not to be disturbed by salt-laden winds, they are very suitable for seaside gardens. The group was separated from Dimorphotheca(annual) because they are perennial.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn, Spring

Harvesting

Flowers self seed.

Propagation

Seed
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.
Cuttings
Make cuttings from new growth with a bit of older hard wood attached. Place in soil and it will quickly roots. Keep moist in the beginning!
Division
Cutt off pieces that made roots where it touched the soil and replant in new area.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Attracts insects like bees and butterflies.

Geography

Origin
Southern parts of South Africa.
Natural climate
Mediteranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Personality

Family
Asteraceae
Flower colour
White, purple, pink, yellow, etc. depending on the specie and hybrid.
Scent
None

Problems

Aphids could attack foliage and also opening flower buds. In dry conditions they can be susceptible to powdery mildew. Treat quickly with an evening drench of fungicide.

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