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Arctotis (African Daisy)

African Daisy (Arctotis)


Native to South Africa, African Daisies (Arctotis) are showy tender perennials exhibiting brightly colored daisy-like flowers, up to 3 in. wide (8 cm), contrasting with their black or yellow center disks and their beautiful, finely cut, silvery-green foliage. Available in a wide array of colors such as red, yellow, pink, purple and white, most of those grown in our gardens are hybrids resulting from a cross between Arctotis Fastuosa and Arctotis Venusta.

  • Blooming continuously from late spring to frost (in hot areas, Arctotis will stop blooming in summer until temperature cools off. Blooming will start again in fall), their flowers close at night and may only partially open up on cloudy days.
  • Typically growing in compact mounds about 12 - 24 inches tall (30-60 cm) and 1 foot wide (30 cm), they perform best in full sun, in sandy, consistently moist, well-drained soils. They are drought tolerant once established.
  • Resilient to pests and diseases, they are great candidates for borders, rock gardens or for containers.
  • Arctotis are hardy to USDA 9 - 11 and grown as annuals in cooler areas.
  • Deadhead spent flowers to promote additional blooms.

Guide Information

Hardiness 2 - 11
Heat Zones 10 - 11
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Arctotis - African Daisies
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring
Summer
Fall
Height 1' - 2' (30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' (30cm)
Spacing 12" - 15" (30cm - 37cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 2 - 11
Heat Zones 10 - 11
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Arctotis - African Daisies
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring
Summer
Fall
Height 1' - 2' (30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' (30cm)
Spacing 12" - 15" (30cm - 37cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden
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