Osteospermum is a genus of about 50 species of annuals, perennials and sub-shrubs in the family Asteraceae.
Osteospermum has beautiful daisy-like flowers in a variety of colors. Like other members of the Asteraceae family, the blooms are actually flower heads composed of a central disc which contains a number of tiny individual flowers known as florets. Most of the species have flat petals, although there are some lovely varieties with spoon-shaped petals. Osteospermums are easy to maintain and will provide an abundance of color for many months.
The genus name is derived from the Greek “osteon”, meaning “bone” and Latin “spermum”, which means “seed”.
The plant is native to Africa, hence the common name “African Daisy”.
Osteospermum represents purity and innocence.
Interesting facts about Osteospermum
There are many Osteospermum hybrids available these days. The species which are commercially available are hybrids of Osteospermum ecklonis, Osteospermum jucundum and several other species.
These hybrids have large flowers, good shape and longer bloom period. They are attractive and can form a dramatic display of color when planted in mass. They have increased in popularity and a number of new hybrids have been discovered in the recent years.
Osteospermum Plant Data
Annuals, Perennials, Shrubs
The flowers come in numerous colors and shades including blue, purple, mauve, pink, yellow, white and cream.
Spring, Autumn, Summer
Osteospermum reaches up to 60 cm (2 ft) in height.
These sun-loving plants prefer well-drained soil of average fertility. They do not appear to be fussy about soil pH.