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Osteospermum ecklonis

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Osteospermum (oss-tee-oh-SPUR-mum) (Info)
Species: ecklonis (ek-LON-iss) (Info)

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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


Bloom Color:
Light Blue
Medium Blue
White/Near White

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


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive stephenp On Dec 28, 2012, stephenp from Wirral, UK, Zone 9a
United Kingdom (Zone 9a) wrote:

Doesn't flower year round here, but does stay in leaf year round, it is fairly hardy, and as soon as the sun gets some power, it will flower. This year it has shrugged off the light frosts we have had, and looks very handsome. It is actually growing in fairly moist-wet soil, so it probably even hardier in dry soil. South African daisy plants are usually fairly tender.

Positive DebinSC On May 6, 2007, DebinSC from Georgetown, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

These have come back for me 3 years running now. No special attention at all. They are in a south facing bed that gets part sun.

Positive pokerboy On Sep 11, 2004, pokerboy from Canberra
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

Great drought tolerant plant. Easy to propergate by drooping stems that touch the ground. They are planted all over my garden. Very hardy. Tolerates -8 frosts. So beautiful. Easy to find. pokerboy.

Positive JanFRN On Jul 22, 2003, JanFRN from St. Albert
Canada wrote:

Looks lovely in my planter, blooms almost continuously and tolerates hit-and-miss watering. Will be using this one a lot.


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

Chowchilla, California
Citrus Heights, California
Monterey, California
Daytona Beach, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Zachary, Louisiana
Cottage Grove, Minnesota
Billings, Montana
Kure Beach, North Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Salt Lake City, Utah

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