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Trailing African Daisy, Shrubby Daisy, Freeway Daisy, Blue Eyed Daisy
Osteospermum fruticosum

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Osteospermum (oss-tee-oh-SPUR-mum) (Info)
Species: fruticosum (froo-tih-KOH-sum) (Info)

Category:

Annuals

Perennials

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pink

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Evergreen

Blue-Green

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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

, (2 reports)

Canoga Park, California

Castro Valley, California

Los Angeles, California

Manhattan Beach, California

Norwalk, California

Santa Margarita, California

Indialantic, Florida

Elberfeld, Indiana

Evansville, Indiana

Norristown, Pennsylvania

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Apr 25, 2010, peejay12 from Porthleven, Helston, Cornwall
United Kingdom (Zone 9b) wrote:

This woody-stemmed rampant perennial is often grown to consolidate loose soil along U.S. roads. Its toothed fleshy leaves and layers of tangled stems create a wonderful weed-proof ground cover, covered with white, pink, or purple blue-centred flowers, three inches across.

In the U.K., this plant is hardy to about -4 C in ideal conditions, and is only grown in coastal areas of the southwest, where they cover the cliffs, e.g. Falmouth and the Scilly Isles. Even here most plants get killed in severe winters. I grew several colour forms of this plant, which grew to ten feet across in two years. They suvived -4C, but succumbed to -5C.

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