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Osteospermum fruticosum ~ Freeway Daisy, Cape Daisy

Osteospermum fruticosum is a garden stalwart.  The Freeway Daisy dependably produces a wealth of early Spring and late Fall Flowers, often blooming continuously through the Winter months in gardens that are frost free.  Osteospermum fruticosum lives for a season or two and dependably produces  enough seed to keep new plants to fill in for abused sections of the garden.  The Freeway Daisy is often mass planted.  Osteospermum fruticosum is quite drought tolerant, though not at all good looking while usually enduring long enough to come back when conditions improve.  Osteospermum fruticosum is a great plant for attracting the Painted Lady Butterfly.  The Freeway Daisy will rot if over-watered.  The pinwheel varieties generally revert to normal flowers once they go to seed.  Plants will often recover when temperatures dip into the low teens but the top will die off, to be kept as a groundcover plants will perform better if temperatures don't go below the high 20°s F. Large bare patches develop when dogs or gardeners traipse through the plants.  Since this the Freeway Daisy is often used on slopes this leads to difficult erosion problems.

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Osteospermum fruticosum, Freeway Daisy 

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