African Daisy

English Name

Arctotis

Scientific Name

Description

Arctotis is a showy plant with large Daisy-like flowers borne on long stems. These flowers are recommended for cutting, although they close in the evening. Flowering period is between July and October. Two basic groups of Arctotis are Arctotis Grandis and Arctotis hybrida.

South Africa

Origin

Asteraceae

Family

59°F - 70°F

Germination Temperature (°F)

21 days - 1 month 5 days

Germination Period

1' - 2'

Height (feet/inches)

1' - 2'

Spacing (feet/inches)

Half-Hardy Annual

Life Cycle

Flower

Type

Winter, Summer & Autumn

Seasons

None

Fragrance

Colors

Watering

Water regularly and do not over water the plants, allow soil to dry out between waterings.

Feeding

When plant is in active growth.

Propagation

Propagation from seed during Autumn. Seeds should be sown in seed trays and planted into small pots when they are easy to handle.

Cultivation

Arctotis require full sun and good drainage soil. This plant attracts bees, birds and butterflies. It is resiliant to pests and diseases.

Pruning

When Arctotis is 5 inches high, pinch out the growing points to encourage bushiness.

Care

If you dead head regularly and support the stems with twigs, the display should last until the first frosts arrive.

Soil

Any soil apart from heavy clay will do.



Did you know?

Scientists were able to revive a flowering plant from the fossilized fruit found in the stomach of an Arctic ground squirrel who was trapped in ice around 32,000 years ago.