African daisies are delightful flowers that are also called Cape daisies or blue-eyed daisies. These charming plants belong to the Asteraceae family, which includes popular flowers such as sunflowers, asters, and daisies. Originating from South Africa, these flowers are renowned for their pretty, daisy-like blooms. African daisies tend to grow in a mounding or spreading fashion, but some variations can be more compact or trailing. The leaves of these daisies are lance-shaped and green, with different species possessing either a slightly fuzzy or smooth texture depending on their type or variety.
The African Daisy, scientifically referred to as Osteospermum, is a beautiful plant with a height range of 1-3 feet (30-90 cm) and a width range of 1-2 feet (30-60 cm), depending on the variety. Its daisy-like flowers have a central disc and petals surrounding it in colors ranging from white to pink, purple, blue, and yellow, often with dark blue or purple centers. These stunning blooms close up during cloudy weather or at night but reopen when the sun comes back. In cooler summer climates, this plant can bloom from spring to frost, while in hotter summer climates, it blossoms heavily from spring to early summer before temporarily halting growth during hot and dry weather until fall. Although it’s technically a tender perennial in USDA hardiness zones 10-11, it’s commonly grown as an annual in cooler regions. African Daisies are flexible plants that fit well in various garden settings such as mixed borders, rock gardens, containers, hanging baskets, or ground covers. While no plant is completely deer or rabbit-resistant, these animals typically don’t prefer eating Osteospermum. However, in areas with high deer or rabbit pressure, additional protective measures may be necessary.