General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Plant Height: 12 - 18 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Needs specific temperature: 60 to 85F
Days to germinate: 7 to 21
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Common names
  • Cape Marguerite
  • African Daisy
  • Van Staden's River Daisy
  • Sundays River Daisy
  • Star of the Veldt
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Osteospermum ecklonis
  • Synonym: Dimorphotheca ecklonis

  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Dec 2, 2011 11:26 PM concerning plant:
    Osteospermum ecklonis is a great ornamental plant. I love all of the colors but I think the purple is my all-time favorite. Cape Daisies are wonderful planted in a bed as a single color massed together, or in groups of mixed colors. I've grown them in my garden for the past ten years as well as in containers on the patio.
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