African Daisy, Cape Daisy, Sun Daisy, Osteospermum
Osteospermum barberiae var. compactum 'Purple Mountain'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Osteospermum (oss-tee-oh-SPUR-mum) (Info)
Species: barberiae var. compactum
Cultivar: Purple Mountain
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Category:

Annuals

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

Purple

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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

Regional

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

Porthleven,

Denver, Colorado

Kirksville, Missouri

Bend, Oregon

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On May 4, 2015, peejay12 from Porthleven, Helston, Cornwall
United Kingdom (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant is a lot hardier than the plant details state. It will easily survive -7C and lower in the UK. It's the easiest and hardiest of the Osteospermum species, and can be grown in most areas of lowland England, Washington State and probably even Vancouver. It can tolerate quite clayey soil, and will flower most of the summer.

It's the Cinderella of the osteospermums, and not one I'd chose for my milder climate --where more attractive (and more invasive) species can grow, but looks good in a rock garden where it won't 'invade' other plants.

The leaves smell of lemon balm.

Neutral

On Feb 20, 2006, sagewoodfarm from Benton City, WA (Zone 6a) wrote:

A fabulous strain of the hardiest and best "Freeway daisy"--dark evergreen mats and white to deep purple flowers. 8" x 12"