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Osteospermum 'White Pim' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H3 (half hardy - unheated greenhouse/mild winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

African daisy 'White Pim'

Family

Asteraceae


Osteospermum can be annuals, perennials or sub-shrubs, with aromatic, evergreen, simple or lobed leaves and showy daisy-like flowers over a long period from late spring

'White Pim' is a prostrate evergreen subshrub forming a mat to 20cm in height, with oblanceolate leaves 6-8cm in length, and solitary daisy-like flowerheads 6cm in width, the rays florets white, tinged purple beneath

Synonym(s)

  • Dimorphotheca ecklonis 'Prostrata'
  • Osteospermum caulescens
  • Osteospermum caulescens misapplied
  • Osteospermum ecklonis var. prostratum
  • Osteospermum 'Cornish Carpet'
  • Osteospermum 'Prostratum'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in light, moderately fertile, well-drained soil in a warm, sunny position. In frosty areas overwinter cuttings under glass

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in late spring or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden, Mediterranean Climate Plants or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Aphids may be a problem

Diseases

May be subject to a downy mildew and Verticillium wilt