Friday, June 8, 2012

Osteospermum, a Daisy by any other name.

Here's an interesting novelty.  Spreading Osteospermum. We were offered this very new variety to trial and it looks terrific, it is already covered in buds. Some fat & ready to burst and plenty of small ones.

It's so new I have found it difficult to link to a site for additional detail so you'll just have to accept from me that over the next month or so the flowers will shine in the winter gloom and that Osteospermum is naturally frost hardy having originated on the South African Veldt.  They should grow only 40cm tall and spread up to 50cm & more.  Osteos are happy in just about any well drained soil and they love the full sun. Flowering will peak in spring but they will obviously flower year round in our mild climate. Osteospermum is a perennial genus which is the feature that distinguishes it from it's close relative Dimorphotheca.

We need to get in early to order young plants for next year, so please give it a try and let us know what you think. 

Enjoy your long weekend, I'm going to the footy.  If the Tigers win this weekend I might become unbearable!

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