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Arctotis April 2013-2.jpg
Arctotis flower head
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Arctotis

See text.

Namaqualand Gousblom (Arctotis fastuosa) Goegap N.R., Namaqualand, Northern Cape, South Africa
Arctotis stoechadifolia P. J. Bergius, West Coast National Park, Western Cape, South Africa

Arctotis is a genus of about 40-50 species of annual and perennial plants in the family Asteraceae, native to dry stony slopes in southern Africa. Some of the plants are alternatively placed in the genus Venidium. The common name is "African daisy", or "Gousblom" in Afrikaans. These plants have daisy-like composite flowers which tend to close in the late afternoon or in dull weather,[1] but numerous cultivars have been developed for garden use which stay open for longer, and are available in a wide range of colours. Tender perennials are often grow in temperate regions as half-hardy annuals.

The garden hybrid A. × hybrida hort. 'Flame' has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[2]

Selected species[edit]

  • A. acaulis - Botterblom, Gousbloom
  • A. adpressa - Gousblom
  • A. amoena
  • A. angustifolia - Smalbaar Gousblom
  • A. arctotoides - Butterflower, Botterblom, African Daisy
  • A. argentea
  • A. aspera
  • A. auriculata
  • A. bellidifolia
  • A. breviscapa - Sandveld Gousblom
  • A. candida - Malmesbury Gousblom
  • A. cinerea
  • A. cuprea
  • A. elatior
  • A. fastuosa - Monarch of the Veld, Cape Daisy
  • A. flaccida
  • A. flammea - African Daisy
  • A. foeniculacea
  • A. frutescens
  • A. galbrata
  • A. glaucophylla
  • A. gumbletonii - Bottergousblom
  • A. hirsuta - Gousblom
  • A. laevis
  • A. leiocarpa - Gousblom
  • A. leptorhiza
  • A. leucanthemoides
  • A. merxmuellerii - Gousblom
  • A. revoluta - Krulblaargousblom
  • A. rosea
  • A. semipapposa
  • A. squarrosa
  • A. stoechadifolia
  • A. sulcocarpa - Gousblom
  • A. tricolor
  • A. undulata
  • A. venusta - Blue-eyed African Daisy

Plant diseases[edit]


  1. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  2. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Arctotis × hybrida hort. 'Flame'". Retrieved 30 May 2013. 

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