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How to Grow and Care for African Daisies

Arctotis x hybrida

This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringButterfly FlowerWhite flowering plantRed flowering plantPink flowering plantYellow flowering plantorange flowering plantBurgundy flowering plantBrown flowering plantArctotis 'Cherry Frost'How to Use the Plant Care Icons at The Garden Helper
Arctotis is one of several genus of plants that commonly go by the name of African Daisy.
Osteospermum, Dimorphotheca and Gerberas are some other plants that are often called African Daisies.
Sinclair the Garden Gnome Arctotis African Daisies typically have bold, beautiful foliage and large,
3"-4", intensely colored flowers with bright, contrasting centers.
The rosette forming foliage is grey to silvery green
and is usually coated with soft, downy silver hairs.
The Daisy like flowers appear singly on each stem and close at night,
and may refuse to open fully on overcast days.
African Daisies grow best in areas where summers aren't too hot,
where they will bloom constantly until the first frost.
In hot regions, Arctotis will take a vacation from blooming in the middle of the summer,
but the foliage will remain robust and beautiful.
Your African Daisy will bloom again as temperatures moderate in the fall.
Arctotis are excellent plants for a dramatic border, Rock Gardens, or in small groups.
They are very well suited for growing in containers as well.
All Arctotis African Daisies are hardy in USDA zones 9-11, elsewhere they are grown as annual plants

Hybrid Arctotis, Arctotis hybrida, have been developed that have 3"-3½" flowers in a wider range of colors and will open wider in dreary weater. They are vigorous growers that have light silvery green, wavy edged leaves that are heavily felted on the underside. These clump form plants will grow to a height and spread of 18".
Cape Daisies, Arctotis fastuosa, form large clumps that will grow to 24" tall. They have large, 4", intensely orange flowers with dark purple centers and purple blotches at the base of each petal. The 5", silvery green leaves are deeply lobed.
Blue Eyed African DaisiesArctotis venusta (fka: A. stoechadifolia) grow up to 2 ft. tall. They produce 3"-3½" flowers in shades of white, pink or orange with golden center ring and a bluish grey center. The underside of the flower petals are usually red. The light green foliage has fine hairs covering the top and thick, white hairs on the underside.

Growing requirements for African Daisy Plants

African Daisies require full sun for optimum blooming.
They should be planted 12" apart in light, sandy, well draining soil.
Deadhead spent flowers regularly to prolong blooming.
Allow the soil to dry before watering moderately. Once established, Arctotis are fairly drought tolerant plants.

How to Propagate or Grow African Daisies from Seed

African Daisy plants can be easily propagated with softwood cuttings taken at any time of the year.

Sow African Daisy seeds directly into the garden in early spring, or start them indoors 6-8 weeks before the date of your last killing frost.
The seeds should covered lightly with fine soil or growing mix.
Seeds started indoors should be kept at a temperature of 60°-70° within the growing medium.
Germination will take from 21-35 days.
African Daisy
Arctotis 'Cherry Frost'
An African Daisy, Arctotis 'Cherry Frost' in bloom An African Daisy, Arctotis 'Cherry Frost' Flowers