These beautiful white daisies are also known as African daisy and Van Staden’s River daisy among others. I tend to refer to them as ‘farm daisies’ for my mother used to grow them (Osteospermum ecklonis) in the front garden of our family farm in the then Eastern Transvaal. These ones growing in my garden in the Eastern Cape come from root stock I collected there when I left the farm for the last time.
The Van Staden’s River daisy is a hardy, evergreen, drought-resistant, bushy perennial with a rounded, spreading shape and bright-green, slightly-succulent leaves. These ones are growing in their natural habitat along the Tsitsikamma coast.
The flowers characteristically show a blueish centre.
What I enjoy about these pretty flowers is that they attract many butterflies and insects – and especially bees – to the garden.
Sometimes the flowers show darker purple streaks around the eye.
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