The name Osteospermum is derived from the Greek o’steon’ (= bone) and Latin ‘spermum’ (= seed). Osteospermums belong to the daisy family ( Compositae / Asteraceae), hence their common names: African Daisy or South African Daisy, Cape Daisy and Blue-eyed Daisy.



Growing African daisies require conditions similar to those found in Africa. It likes heat and full sun. It needs well-drained soil and, in fact, will tolerate dry soils. The ones with the blue ‘eye’ tend to be the most hardy, but in the UK they are mostly treated as annuals.

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