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African Daisy, Cape Daisy
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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.


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.