Cape Daisy

A half-hardy perennial with daisy-like flowers from spring to the autumn.
Common name : Cape Daisy
Scientific name : Osteospermum spp.
Family : Asteraceae
Category : Annual
Easy peasy
Easy peasy
Flowery
Flowery
Osteospermum - Cape Daisy, Daisybush or African daisy - is a genus of flowering plants belonging to the Calenduleae, one of the tribes of the very large daisy family Asteraceae. There are about 80 species, native to Africa and southern Africa. They are half-hardy perennials or subshrubs, with alternate, but sometimes opposite, lanceolate green or variegated leaves and daisy-like flowers in several colors such as blue, yellow and purple. They are popular in summer bedding and numerous hybrids and cultivars have been produced with a wide range of tropical colors.

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 9a
Height 20 - 40
pH 7

Identify my cape daisy

Daisybushes, Dimorphoteca or African daisy looks a bit like large daisies. It has the hability to close its flowers in the evening, and even when the light falls. The flowers usually carried by solitary stems exist in multiple colors: the velvety petals are white, pink, purple, lavender blue, terra cotta, orange, salmon, etc. ; the core is yellow, orange, bluish or almost black and contrasts sharply with the bright yellow stamens. The back of the petals always has a different color, more sustained or on the contrary lighter. The foliage is less decorative: the leaves with very short petioles are bright green, slightly hairy, lanceolate, simple or cut into several lobes with pointed ends depending on the variety and their arrangement on the plant. They form a compact tuft that can measure 0.30 to 0.60 m in height and the same in width.

Plant my cape daisy

In open soil or in pot? It's simple, if the temperature drops permanently below 5 ° C outside, it will be in pot! Plant in the spring. Daisybushes needs a well-sheltered, sunny, and well-drained soil as it dreads when its roots stagnate in the water. If you keep it in a pot, use a terracotta container that is well adapted to its size. In open soil, choose a sufficiently sunny location, it is the guarantee of a beautiful flowering. Respect a spacing between the plants equal to one-third of their intended width. Water copiously to facilitate rooting and recovery.

Water my cape daisy

Daisybushes dreads excess water! In pots ouside, water in case of lack of prolonged rain, and the winter, indoors, once a month should suffice. In open soil, watering is not necessary, except during intense drought.

Take care of my cape daisy

No mulching in summer for osteospermum, which seems not to appreciate it. No fertilizer either. Simple to cultivate, we said!

Prune my cape daisy

In March, before the vegetation regrows, prune the osteospermum with shears to restore its compact, globally spherical shape. You will also have to to remove, between the thumb and forefinger or with a pruner, the faded flowers 2 to 3 times a week. Courage!

Protect my cape daisy

If the temperature in your area drops quite often below -5 ° C, protect your Osteospermum in open soil with a thick mulch before the first freezes! What you have at hand should usually do the trick: grass clippings, dead leaves ...

Shelter my cape daisy

Daisybushes will not survive a winter outside! If your plant is in a pot and you got a sheltered place with enough light, at a minimum temperature of 10 ° C, then bring your plant in before the first freezes. Water slightly during the winter. You should take it out again in May.

Put outside my cape daisy

In May, well after the last frosts, take out your potted plants to find them a spot sheltered from the wind and sunny!

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