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Re: african daisy


Several plants use African Daisy.  The one I am most used to is
Osteospermum, but as Auralie mentiond Arctotis does too.  Osteospermum can,
of course, be started from seed, but more often I think starts would come
from cuttings, so in this case I think it would be an Arctotis, probably
Arctotis acaulis.  Another African Daisy I have grown from seed was Venidium
fastuosum - quite flashy annual -  so it could be that, too.

African Daisy Arctotis acaulis, A. grandis, A.venusta
African Daisy Dimorphotheca sinuata  (D.aurantiaca)
African Daisy Lonas annua
African Daisy Athanasia annua
African Daisy Calendula officinalis
African Daisy Osteospermum fruticosum, O. jucundum
African Daisy Venidium fastuosum

Kitty

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, May 29, 2004 9:24 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] african daisy


> In a message dated 05/29/2004 10:16:02 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> justme@prairieinet.net writes:
>
> > At some show I attended, they gave out packages of "African Daisy"
> > seeds... Anyone got a clue what they are? (No Kitty, that is the only
> > name on the package other than the sponsor giving them out) Should I
> > attempt to sow these outside as directed, worth the time, trouble, and
> > garden space? Anyone?
> >
> >
>
> It could be Arctotis grandis, a  very favorite of mine thatI have not been
> able to find seeds of for some time.  Or it could be another of the
Arctotis
> species - or something else entirely.
> If it is Arctotis grandis, it has a lovely white daisy flower with  a blue
> eye, and greyish felted foliage - a lovely annual plant.  It is a little
late to
> start it, as it comes slowly from seed and may not bloom until late
summer.
> The other  Arctotis species are colored and, in my opinion, not as
attractive
> as the A.grandis.  I have grown this for years, but have not always been
able
> to find seeds.  Some years ago I was organized enough to save seeds, but
in
> recent years haven't saved my own or been able to find it in catalogs.
Some
> catalog showed it this spring  - "Seeds of Change"? and I ordered the
seeds and
> started them indoors early.  So far only two plants have come from those
seeds
> and those only have the two seed-leaves, so I am not optimistic.
>   If it really is the Arctotis grandis, it's a lovely plant, but I would
> start them indoors, and it's really late this year for any success.
> Auralie
>
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