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African daisy

This plant grows well in the following regions:

  • CVCentral Valley
  • NCNorth and Central Coast
  • SCSouth Coast
Map of regions (click to enlarge)
map of California regions


African daisy hybrids grow to 12-18 inches high and 1 foot wide. They can persist as perennials in California with the exception of mountain and desert regions.

Grow in sandy, well-drained soils in full sun. Hybrids typically have clumps of woolly, silvery green leaves from which grow flower stalks with daisy-like flowers that have contrasting (usually yellow or black) center disks. Depending on the variety, their three inch flowers can be shades of white, purple, yellow, orange, red, and pink and can be cut for beautiful flower arrangements. Flowers close at night and may open only partially on cloudy days.

Main blooming period is late winter and early spring, although they can continue blooming into late spring, especially if dead-headed after the first flush of flowers is over. Can become woody over time.

Hybrids will go to seed and self-sow, but will tend to revert to the orange flower variety in successive generations. African Daisies are excellent choice for ground cover use with vibrant flower color.

Sun needs:

  • Full sun

Water needs:

  • Medium water
  • Low water
Water needs information from WUCOLS unless otherwise noted