Osteospermum (Osteospermum ecklonis)

Osteospermum Plant Features

Add 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 Instructions

Osteospermum 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.
  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Light

    Outside: Sun

  • Colors





  • Special Features

    Attracts butterflies

    Deer/rabbit resistant

Complement your Osteospermum

Sweet 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.

Our favorite varieties

3D Purple Osteospermum

3D Purple Osteospermum

Osteospermum ‘3D Purple’

Two-toned ‘3D Purple’ features purple-pink petals with a darker purple-pink center. It’s a stunning bloom! Plants grow 12 to 16 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide. Flowers stay open all day and all night.

Margarita Pink Flare Osteospermum

Margarita Pink Flare Osteospermum

Osteospermum ‘Margarita Pink Flare’

This sweet osteospermum bears pink petals that fade to light pink, then white and the flowers have a dark purple eye. The Margarita series of osteospermums feature compact growth and good heat tolerance. They grow 10 to 14 inches tall and 10 inches wide.

4D Violet Ice Osteospermum

4D Violet Ice Osteospermum

Osteospermum '4D Violet Ice'

Easy-care and ideal for spring, 4D Violet Ice Osteospermum shows off 2-inch-wide icy-blue flowers with darker violet centers. It grows 12 inches tall and 18 inches wide.