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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)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
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

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Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


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:
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Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive peejay12 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.

A number of cultivars, such as 'Tresco (Nairobi) Purple' and 'Superbum' are probably derived from this plant. This species, along with O. ecklonis, barberae, and jucundum are probably the parents of the numerous perennial hybrids available today.


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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