Osteospermum (Osteospermum ecklonis)
Osteospermum Plant FeaturesAdd tons of color to your spring garden with osteospermum. Occasionally called cape daisy, osteospermum develops quantities of daisy-like flowers in a wide variety of colors including pink, purple, and white. Both single and double-flowered varieties of this sun-loving annual are also available. Osteospermum loves cool weather and will bloom its head off until hot summer weather brings the show to an end. Then the plants will sulk until the weather turns cool again in the fall. Osteospermum grows 15 to 24 inches tall and makes a superb container plant. The plant is also deer and rabbit resistant. Hardy from zones 10-11
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Osteospermum Growing InstructionsOsteospermum require a sunny spot and rich, well-drained soil. If you are growing osteospermum in containers use a commercial potting soil mix. Water the plants whenever the soil feels dry. Because osteospermum prefers cool temperatures, plant them in the early spring, being sure to protect them from an unexpected frost. Remove the flowers as they fade to promote additional flushes of bloom. Considered a tender perennial, osteospermum will overwinter in very warm regions of the country. Treat it as an annual everywhere else. Osteospermum flowers close up at night so don't worry if you see your plants folding their tents when the sun goes down.
Osteospermum is not recommended for human or animal consumption.
Medium water needs
Complement your OsteospermumSweet Alyssum
Sweet Alyssum looks terrific planted around the base of Osteospermum.
Pansy loves the same weather conditions as Osteospermum making it a great companion.
Add some fragrance to a pot of Osteospermum by adding Nemesia to the mix.