Long Blooming Osteospermum

By Susan Littlefield

Osteospermums, also known as African daisies, are tender perennials that are favorites for cool-season gardening. These South African natives offer a profusion of daisy-like blossoms when the weather is cool, putting on their best show in spring and fall or over the winter in milder parts of the country. But when heat and humidity hit in summer, flowering of most cultivars begins to flag.

That's why gardeners in many parts of the country will be excited to learn about Osteospermum Akila 'Daisy White', a 2014 All-America Selections Bedding Plant Award Winner. Its cheerful 2-inch flowers, clear white with a bright yellow eye, are produced non-stop all summer long. 'Daisy White' was selected in part because judges in southern states praised its ability to keep blooming as heat and humidity rose. They also noted that this hybrid osteospermum showed more drought tolerance than other cutivars.

Osteospermums do best in full sun in well-drained soil and are drought-tolerant once they are established. Growing 16-20 inches tall and wide with a mounded habit, 'Daisy White' is a great low maintenance choice for both flower beds and containers. Look for it at local garden stores this spring.

All-America Selections are new garden seed varieties selected for their superior garden performance as judged in impartial trials across North America.

To find out more about Osteospermum Akila® 'Daisy White', go to AAS.

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