Osteospermum fruticosum

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Trailing African daisy
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Asteroideae
Tribe: Calenduleae
Genus: Osteospermum
Species: O. fruticosum
Binomial name
Osteospermum fruticosum
(L.) Norl.

Osteospermum fruticosum , also called the trailing African daisy or shrubby daisybush, is a shrubby, semi-succulent herbaceous flowering plant native to South Africa, belonging to the small tribe Calenduleae of the sunflower family (Asteraceae).[1]

It grows between 6 and 12 inches (15 and 30 cm) tall and can spread 4 to 6 feet (1.2 to 1.8 m) in width. The dark-centered daisy-like flowers range in color from deep purple to white. Some hybrid growers have bred pale yellow-flowering strains. The plant is a perennial in mild climates.

O. fruticosum has been classified as a weed in New Zealand where it is now a widespread coastal plant, particularly in the North Island.[2]


  1. ^ "Osteospermum fruticosum (Dimorphotheca)". TERRAIN. Taranaki Education Resource. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Howell, Clayson (2008). Consolidated list of environmental weeds in New Zealand (PDF). Wellington, N.Z.: Science & Technical Pub., Dept. of Conservation. p. 37. ISBN 9780478144123. Retrieved 16 May 2016.