This small, evergreen shrub grows 2-5 feet tall and wide, providing a backdrop for its long-blooming flowers. Arctotis sp. (African Daisy) is native to South Africa and adaptable to many climates. It prefers full sun, moderate water, and well-drained soil for best performance.
The floral display of Arctotis sp. is an artful patchwork of white, off-white, yellow, orange, red, and crimson or vinous flowers. These blooms are a hive of activity, buzzing with butterflies and hummingbirds that come to the plentiful nectar. It's a great choice for low-maintenance landscapes and is particularly effective when planted in groupings.
When grown in containers, Arctotis sp. needs consistent moisture during the summer and may need additional protection from cold winter winds. In regions where winter temperatures dip below freezing, the plant should be brought indoors over winter or protected with a generous layer of mulch.
Arctotis sp. is a reliable performer that has few problems once established. It can be trimmed to control its size and shape, or left to its exuberant self as a wildflower. With its attractive foliage and cheerful flowers, it's no wonder Arctotis sp. is a popular pick for a mix of sunny spaces, like borders, beds, and containers.