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Osteospermum adds instant cheer to spring and fall gardens with its colorful, daisy-shape flowers and dark green foliage. The blooms are wonderful for cutting and appear in a wide range of colors. In fact, it's such a striking plant that cut flowers sometimes look artificial!
The plant does best in full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil. It likes cool weather, so in hot-summer areas, it blooms best in spring and fall. Though grown as an annual in most parts of the country, it is perennial in Zones 10-11.
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'Flower Power Spider White' osteospermum
Osteospermum 'Flower Power Spider White' shows off an abundance of daisy-shape blooms with unique spoon-shape petals. It grows 14 inches tall.
Osteospermum 'Mara' produces large blooms of apricot-tan petals that blend to a beautiful soft pink at the center. This compact selection grows 10 inches tall.
'Peach Symphony' osteospermum
Osteospermum 'Peach Symphony' bears soft, peachy-coral flowers in spring and fall on drought-tolerant plants that grow 14 inches tall.
'Serenity Lavender Frost' osteospermum
Osteospermum 'Serenity Lavender Frost' bears white flowers with a lavender-purple center on 14-inch-tall plants.
'Serenity Purple' osteospermum
Osteospermum 'Serenity Purple' bears rich-purple flowers on mounding plants that grow 14 inches tall.
'Sideshow Copper Apricot' osteospermum
Osteospermum 'Sideshow Copper Apricot' bears soft apricot-orange flowers with a purple blush on a mounding, 1-foot-tall plant.
'Soprano Compact Purple' osteospermum
Osteospermum 'Soprano Compact Purple' bears purple flowers on drought-tolerant, compact plants that grow only 10 inches tall.
'Soprano Vanilla Spoon' osteospermum
Osteospermum 'Soprano Vanilla Spoon' bears white flowers with spoon-shape petals on drought-tolerant, 2-foot-tall plants.
'Sunny Dark Florence' osteospermum
Osteospermum 'Sunny Dark Florence' bears orange flowers on a 12-inch-tall plant.
'Yellow Symphony' osteospermum
Osteospermum 'Yellow Symphony' bears golden-yellow flowers with purple centers on drought-tolerant, 14-inch-tall plants.
'Zion Plum' osteospermum
Osteospermum 'Zion Plum' is a strong-growing selection with blue-purple flowers in spring and fall. It grows 12 inches tall.
'Zion Sun Yellow' osteospermum
Osteospermum 'Zion Sun Yellow' is a vigorous selection with yellow flowers in spring and fall. It grows 12 inches tall.
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