Osteospermum (African Daisy)

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 variety of colors. Like other members of the Aster family, the blooms are actually flower heads composed of a central disc which contains a number of tiny individual flowers, known as florets.

Osteospermum typically bloom with flat petals, although there are some lovely varieties with spoon shaped petals.

They are easy to maintain and will provide an abundance of color for many months.

 

Name meaning:

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 symbolism:

Osteospermum represents purity and innocence.

Interesting facts about Osteospermum:

There are many Osteospermum hybrids available these days. The present day flowering plants are mainly hybrids of Osteospermum ecklonis, Osteospermum jucundum and several other species. Osteospermum 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. Osteospermum cultivars have increased in popularity and the number of new varieties available each year is steadily growing.

Plant Type:

Annuals, Perennials, Shrubs

Color:

Osteospermum flowers come in numerous colors and shades, including blue, purple, mauve, pink, yellow, white and cream.

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