Cape Marguerite Plant Info

Cape marguerite is a flowering plant with delicate petals and a range of vibrant colors. It belongs to the genus Osteospermum, which is closely related to Dimorphotheca, with the only difference being these species are mostly evergreen shrubs, while Dimorphothecas are mostly annuals or short-lived perennials. The plant prefers wet grasslands and river beds, where it can grow up to 4 feet (150 cm) tall, but it does thrive in any garden or home if its requirements are met.

Osteospermum ecklonis
Cape marguerite
African daisy
Van Staden’s river daisy
Sundays river daisy
White daisy bush
Blue-and-white daisy bush
Star of the veldt
Buttermilk
Cannington Roy
Lemon Symphony
Purple Mountain
Soprano
Stardust
Sunburst
Zion Copper Amethyst
Wide range of flower colors, from white to yellow, orange, pink, purple, and blue

Water

Cape marguerite needs regular watering during the growing season, especially in hot and dry weather. Keep the soil moist but not wet. In winter, reduce watering to prevent the plant from becoming too wet or cold. If you're cultivating the plant indoors, water it once a week or when the top inch of soil feels dry.

Sunlight

Cape marguerite loves full sun and can tolerate partial shade. If you're growing the plant outdoors, place it in a spot that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight to produce abundant and colorful flowers. It does need sheltering on hot summer days, so it's best to provide shade during the afternoon. For indoor plants, place the pot near a south-facing window.

Soil

It can grow in a wide range of soil types– loam, sand, clay, or peat–but it does not tolerate heavy or compacted growing media. To improve drainage and aeration, add compost or coarse sand to the soil. When growing indoors, use a good-quality potting mix suitable for flowering plants.

Fertilizer

The plant may benefit from a light application of a balanced fertilizer once a month during the flowering season. It's recommended to use a liquid or granular fertilizer formulated for flowering plants.

Pruning

Trim to remove dead or damaged stems and leaves, and to maintain its size and appearance. It's best to prune the plant in early spring before new growth emerges. Cut back about one-third of its height and width, removing any weak or crowded branches. This will encourage fresh, lush foliage and more flowers.

Propagation

You can propagate the plant by seed, cutting, or division.

Thrives in

Full sun, warm temperatures, and regular watering

Toxicity

Not toxic to humans or pets

Pests & Diseases

Aphids
Powdery mildew
Root rot

Landscaping Ideas

Mass planting
Container gardening
Rock gardens
Edging

Last Updated: August 30, 2023

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