White daisy bush

 White daisy bush

Dimorphotheca fruticosa

Scientific name

Dimorphotheca fruticosa is a mat-forming, evergreen, perennial herb that grows close to the beach from the Western Cape to the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Common names of blue-eyed daisy, trailing African daisy and rankbietou in Afrikaans are in use. The earlier botanical name was Osteospermum fruticosum.

The plant can be grown from seed or cuttings as container plants or as a ground cover in full sun and well composted soil. Winter watering and dry summers will suit, but not frost.

The leaves are obovate, fleshy and tend to be erect. The leaves are positioned alternately and their margins are entire or very finely toothed. The daisy florets are white, the disc is dark blue and the flower is close to 5 cm across. Flowers are closed at night and on overcast days. It blooms in midwinter and spring (http://toptropicals.com and Manning, 2009).

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Important characteristics

Conservation status: Least Concern

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.


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