Trailing African DaisyOsteospermum fruticosum
|Flower Color||White, Deep Purple, and Lavender, depending upon the variety|
|Exposure||Full Sun to Partial Shade|
|Water||Ample to Moderate|
The colorful evergreen with its striking, daisy-like flowers is used to cover large, open areas, spreading by green stems that root into the ground to form a dense carpet of groundcover. The fast-growing plant reaches heights of eighteen inches with long, greenish-blue, fleshy leaves. It produces large, showy, daisy-like flowers in white, deep purple, and lavender, depending upon the variety. The flowers open during the daylight and close at night and on overcast days. Use it on retaining walls and banks or in borders, raised beds, or containers. Use it in masses for early spring color. Mix in with spring annuals and perennials as a whimsical accent. This plant will thrive in hot, dry places. The trailing African daisy is native to southern Africa and southwestern Arabia.
The trailing African daisy should be planted in full sun to partial shade. Give this groundcover ample to moderate water but do not over-water it. The plant takes any soil but prefers those that are well-draining. It is frost-tolerant to twenty degrees Fahrenheit and tolerates salty coastal situations. Apply a light application of ammonium phosphate fertilizer in early spring to help promote blooms. Lightly pinch tips to keep the plant lush and encourage bushy growth. For most of the summer, the species will become dormant during the hot, summer months.