Osteospermum / African Daisy

Osteospermum ‘Lemon Symphony’ – A Proven Winner selection that was originally developed in Japan. ‘Lemon Symphony’ features the typical single daisy blooms of bright yellow petals with a dazzling purplish-blue eye. Osteospermum prefer part to full sun, as the flowers close up at night and on overcast days. Grows to 14″ high and 12-14″ wide. Zone 9.

Osteospermum ‘Astra Purple Spoon’ – An early flowering variety with eye-catching blooms made of well-separated purple spoon-shaped petals and a bluish eye, from May through to October.  Osteospermum are South African natives and are considered annuals or summer flowers in regions colder than zone 9. ‘Astra Purple Spoon’ grows 12-18″ high. Zone 9.

Osteospermum ‘Astra White Imp’ – A compact Osteospermum with white flowers (with a whisper of violet) contrasted by a bluish eye and a purple reverse. These bedding plants do well in coastal gardens but prefer light, well-drained soils and regular fertilizing (about every 2 weeks). ‘Astra White Imp’ grows 6 to 12 inches high by 6 to 12″ wide. Hardy to zone 9.

Osteospermum ‘Astra Violet’ – The bright violet-purple blooms of ‘Astra Violet’ contrast nicely against the crisp green foliage and they are borne from spring right into late autumn. Although reasonably drought tolerant once established, Osteospermum need consistent watering when they are first planted. ‘Astra Violet’ is compact, growing 6 to 12″ high and wide. Zone 9.

Osteospermum ‘Sunadora Marbella’ – The upright, vigorous plants of  ‘Sunadora Marbella’ feature single daisies of a true dark orange, with pale yellow petal bases. Osteospermum are quite cold hardy, blooming late into the season and tolerant of being planted out in early spring (when impatiens or marigolds would suffer). Benefits from deadheading. Grows 12-20″ high. Zone 9.

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2 Responses to Osteospermum / African Daisy

  1. Karena says:

    Where can I buy Purple Spoon African Daisy seeds?

    • Karena, I believe ‘Purple Spoon’ is a cultivated variety, meaning that it is only propagated by cuttings rather than seed. Try contacting a local garden centre. Cheers. Mike

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