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Plant Guide

Arctotis stoechadifolia

Common Name
African Daisy
CA Native
Non-native
Plant Type
Perennial
Size
1' x 2'
Flower Color
Yellow, Rosy Pink, Pale Orange
Bloom Time
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Spring through Fall
Leaves
Silvery, Velvet Gray
Evergreen
Deciduous
Deer Resistant
Seldom Damaged
Wildlife Value
  • Butterfly & Other Insect Nectar
Growth Rate
Fast
Hardiness
Semi-hardy
Adverse Growth Factors
Invasive
Special Features
  • Low Maintenance
  • Showy Flowers
Water Use
  • Low
Soil pH
Exposure
  • Full Sun
Soil Type
Not Particular
Drainage
Good Drainage
Description and Cultural Plant Tips

Arctotis are tough, fast growing perennials with a showy, daisy-like flower above fuzzy, silver grey foliage. They are often used as a ground cover or perennial border edge.Colors range from pale yellow to pinks and oranges. The flowers only open in sunlight & start to curve down when going to seed.   These plants  thrives in hot sunny conditions and are adapted to a Mediterranean climate so they need very little water in summer. Will bloom in winter in frost free areas of Marin.  Some companion plants include Nepata 'Walkers Low', Salvai nemorosa varietals, Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldstrum', English lavenders, and Limonium sunuatum.

Plant in native, well drained soils that have been enriched by compost.  Water well and mulch to retain soil moisture & reduce weed development.  Bases of plant become woody with age so cut back by half after blooming to encourage new growth. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage longer blooming period.

Bees and butterflies frequent the daisy-like flowers of Arctotis.

No serious diseases or pests other than aphids. Can develop aphid infestations if watered too much.

Master Gardener Comments

I use this as an annual but it will overwinter in Marin Co. Produces lovely masses of flowers from spring through fall. Looks lovely at the beginning of a border.

Varietals

Acrtotis 'Sun Spot ' - tangerine orange flowers

Acrtotis 'Big Magenta' - magenta flowers

Acrtotis 'Big Gold' - bright yellow flowers

Acrtotis 'Pumpkin Pie' - deep orange flowers

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