a.k.a. African Daisy
AKILA SERIES Osteospermum Seeds
A new series which blooms during cooler winter, spring or fall seasons in hot summer areas, and all summer in mild summer climates. Flowers open all day and close at night. The most compact osteospermums available from seed, the 16-20 inch tall plants are full and dense, with excellent branching. No pinching required. Superb performers in containers or the landscape.
The first hybrid Osteospermum from seed with white flowers and yellow centers. Flowers earlier and heavier, is more tolerant of heat and drought than other Osteospermums. Bloom begins in early spring and continues well in to the fall. A 2014 All America Selections Winner, and 2015 Fleuroselect Gold Medal winner (Europe's top prize).
ASTI SERIES Osteospermum Seeds
A breeding breakthrough , Asti series Osteospermum seeds grow into plants which tolerate both extreme heat and light frost, even as they continue to produce great rolling waves of elegant 2-3 inch daisies from early summer well into fall. Deadheading will assure the flowers keep right on coming. Plants grow as wide as they do tall reaching about 20 inches in each direction. Asti Osteospermums are high performers, well adapted to almost any climate and, are knockouts in containers or garden beds.
Dark violet petals, with blue-black eyes encircled in yellow.
Pristine white petals with fetching violet centers. A 2008 All-America Selections winner.
How to Plant OSTEOSPERMUM Seeds
Nick seed with nail clippers, then sow seeds in cell packs or flats, press into soil and barely cover. Kept at 70° F., germination is in 10-21 days. Transplant 12-16 inches apart.
Comments: Tolerates light frost, can be set out early. Flowers stay open on cloudy days. Full Sun. Tolerates heat, drought, and poor soils-as long as drainage is good. Attracts butterflies.