Botanical Name: Osteospermum fruticosum
Common Name: Freeway Daisy, Trailing African Dai  
Plant photo of: Osteospermum fruticosum
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Shrub, Ground cover, Perennial


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color

Lavender, Purple, White


Flower Season

Winter, Fall, Intermittent


Leaf Color



Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low, Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition



Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Seascape


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Parking Strip, Patio, Parking Lot, Raised Planter, Swimming Pool, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Cascade, Erosion Control, Filler, Mass Planting, Hanging Baskets


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme
Photographer: Steve Mullany/MJC
  • Description

  • Notes

This groundcover-small shrub will grow 1' tall, spreading 4' in a year. It has medium-size green leaves with lavender that have a dark purple center. The flower color changes to white the next day! The flowers bloom in fall and winter but in mild coastal areas, may bloom all year. It needs well draining soil. This plant looks great on a hillside or in a hanging basket.
Planting Instructions: 1. Dig a hole 2 times the width and 1 and 1/2 times the height of the container. 2. Set rootball just above ground level. 3. Mix soil with 25% amendment and %75 soil. 4. Backfill with amended soil. 5. Build basin and water.