Form: herbaceous annual wildflower
Dimorphotheca aurantiaca in a xeriscape
Size: 1 - 1.5ft high
Leaves: light green, flat, linear, 2-3in long, irregular margin
Flowers: daisy-like; yellow or orange, sometimes white; bloom March - April or as soon as temperatures warm
Fruit: abundant seeds
Range/Origin: native of South Africa
Hardiness: not hardy; late frost will kill tender seedlings
- early spring color
- wildflower gardens
- annual color in xeriscapes
- Exposure: full sun
- Water: water flowering plants every week; fall-sown seeds need weekly watering if winter rains are sparse
- Soil: any well drained
- Propagation: annually from seed; self-sows
- Maintenance: none; leave dried seed heads on to encourage self-sowing
Research by Master Gardener Toni Moore
One of many annual flowers known by the common name "African Daisy"
Sow seeds in winter for extravagant spring display. Dead plants can be mowed and debris left in place as mulch for next year's display.
Can be invasive. In some areas Dimorphotheca aurantiaca has naturalized and competes with native species.
African daisies in March
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