How to Grow Arctotis – African Daisy

Light pink and white striped Arctotis 'Louise' flowering heads growing in a natural garden setting with its natural silver foliage. Arctotis is commonly known as African daisy or Gousblom.

Arctotis is a colorful low growing annual or perennial commonly with ray-like orange flowers. Cultivars can be many-colored. Arctotis grows best in winter and early spring in the Southwest.

The term “African daisy” refers to several plants: Arctotis has lobed leaves that are wooly, Dimorphotheca has smooth green leaves, Osteospermum is a third plant called African daisy.

Get to Know Arctotis

  • Plant type: Annual; some are perennial
  • Growing zones and range: 2-11
  • Hardiness: Grows best in cool regions; does not tolerate heat well.
  • Height and width: 6 to 24 inches (15-61cm) tall; 6 to 18 inches (15-45cm) wide
  • Flower form color: Daisy-like flowers
  • Bloom time: Spring to early summer
  • Botanical name: Arctotis
  • Common name: African daisy
African daisies (Arctotis)
African daisies (Arctotis)

Where to Plant Arctotis

  • Plant arctotis in full sun.
  • Arctotis thrives in areas with extended cool weather and moderate but not excessive moisture. It does not tolerate heat or humidity well.
  • Grow arctotis in loose, well-drained soil. It will grow in gavelly soil.

When to Plant Arctotis

  • Plant established seedlings in early spring in Zones 2-6. In Zone 7-11 plant in late fall or early spring.
  • Set plants in the garden after the last frost in spring or in winter where there is no freeze.
  • Sow seed outdoors:

Planting and Spacing Arctotis

  • Space plants 12 inches (33cm) or more apart.

How to Water and Feed Arctotis

  • Grow Arctotis in soil that is evenly moist.
  • Fertilize Arctotis lightly, if at all.

Arctotis Care

  • Mulch to conserve moisture around plants.

Arctotis Propagation

  • Arctotis reseeds in climates where well adapted but seedlings tend to revert to orange.

Arctotis Varieties to Grow

Arctotis Varieties to Grow

Arctotis hybrids: hybrids grow 12 to 18 inches (30-45cm) tall; colors include white, pink, red, purplish, cream, yellow, and orange.

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