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PlantFiles: African Daisy, Cape Daisy
Osteospermum ecklonis 'Double Purple'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Osteospermum (oss-tee-oh-SPUR-mum) (Info)
Species: ecklonis (ek-LON-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Double Purple
Additional cultivar information: (aka FlowerPowerŪ series)
Registered or introduced: 2011

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive GreenThumbToo On Apr 27, 2012, GreenThumbToo from Sierra Vista, AZ wrote:

I bought an African Daisy at Lowes. It looks very similar to the pictures here, only a really deep red violet/purple, but it is labeled:

"Ballerina African Daisy - Margarita Africana Ballerina - Osteospermum Ballerina"

I wonder if this is the same plant. I planted it in one of my long, narrow gardens, with roses and it never went into shock, like most plants when you buy them and bring them home. Plus, it is very, very happy in our hot, dry weather, so far.
I'm going to try to take a cutting of it, to see if I can get more plants like it. Will update you, when and if a cutting is a possible new plant.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Sierra Vista, Arizona
San Leandro, California

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