African Daisy Osteospermum 'Lady Leitrim'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
African daisy 'Lady Leitrim'


Osteospermum 'Lady Leitrim', commonly known as African Daisy, exhibits a striking appearance with unique floral characteristics. The plant produces daisy-like flowers that are renowned for their beautiful blend of colors. Each blossom typically showcases a creamy-white hue that transitions to a delicate pink at the petal tips, presenting a subtle, pastel-toned gradient that adds visual interest and charm to gardens and containers. The petals radiate around a central disc, which is often a deeper, contrasting color, adding depth and a focal point to the flower structure. The foliage of African Daisy 'Lady Leitrim' consists of green, lance-shaped leaves that provide a lush backdrop for the vibrant blooms. This ornamental plant exudes a fresh appeal through its floriferous nature and the refreshing combination of its soft-colored petals and vibrant green leaves.

Plant Info
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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      African Daisy, South African Daisy, Cape Daisy

    • Common names

      Osteospermum 'Lady Leitrim'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Cape Daisy is not known to be toxic to humans. There are no significant reports of poisoning or adverse health effects from ingesting or handling this plant. However, as with many plants, it's always wise to be cautious and avoid ingestion, especially in large amounts, as individual sensitivities can vary.

    • To pets

      Cape Daisy is generally considered non-toxic to pets. It is not known to cause serious harm if pets ingest parts of this plant. Nevertheless, it's always a good idea to discourage pets from eating plants, as they could have individual reactions or there might be variations in toxicity with different cultivars.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      South Africa


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Low Maintenance: Osteospermum 'Lady Leitrim', commonly known as African Daisy, typically requires minimal care once established in a suitable environment, making it an ideal choice for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Drought Tolerance: As a plant adapted to arid conditions, the African Daisy can withstand periods of drought, which is beneficial in water-scarce regions.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The bright and showy flowers of African Daisy attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial pollinators to the garden, aiding in the pollination of nearby plants.
    • Seasonal Interest: With its vibrant and colorful blooms, the African Daisy provides visual interest throughout its flowering season, adding beauty to garden landscapes.
    • Versatility: Suitable for borders, containers, and as ground cover, the African Daisy is versatile in garden design and can adapt to various garden styles and settings.
    • Long Blooming: The plant has a long flowering period that typically extends from spring to fall, ensuring a lasting display of color in the garden.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Photography Prop: With its vivid daisy-like flowers, the African Daisy can serve as a stunning photography prop, particularly in shots that aim to capture the essence of a garden or outdoor setting.
    • Craft Projects: Petals of the African Daisy can be used in craft projects, such as pressed flower art, due to their appealing shape and array of colors.
    • Educational Tool: This plant can be used in educational settings to teach children about plant biology and the life-cycle of flowers.
    • Event Decorations: The cut flowers of the African Daisy can be used for event decorations, providing a natural and colorful touch to weddings or celebrations.
    • Skin Care: Crushed petals, though not medical in nature, can be added to bath bombs and salts for a visual appeal and a mild, pleasant scent.
    • Culinary Garnish: The flowers, if confirmed as pesticide-free, can be used as an edible garnish to add a splash of color to salads and desserts.
    • Eco-friendly Confetti: Dried petals of the African Daisy can serve as a biodegradable confetti alternative for outdoor celebrations.
    • Art Supplies: Petals can be used in collages and other visual art projects as organic elements that add texture and color.
    • Fragrance: Although not a primary use, the subtle scent of the flowers might be captured in homemade potpourris.
    • Seed Harvesting: Gardeners might grow the African Daisy with the intention of harvesting its seeds, either for replanting or for trading with other gardening enthusiasts.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The African Daisy is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The African Daisy is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Perseverance and Courage: Osteospermum, commonly known as African Daisy, often blooms in challenging conditions, symbolizing the ability to persevere and maintain courage in the face of adversity.
    • Beauty and Innocence: With its delicate petals and array of colors, the African Daisy represents beauty and purity, often used to convey a sense of innocence.
    • New Beginnings: The ability of African Daisy to close at night and reopen with the morning sun is symbolic of new starts and fresh beginnings, making it an emblem of renewal.
    • Protection: In some cultures, African Daisies are believed to ward off negative energies or spirits, providing protection to those who grow or hold them.
    • Optimism and Joy: The vibrant and cheerful appearance of the African Daisy embodies a sense of optimism and is often associated with bringing joy to daily life.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every year
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The African Daisy should be watered moderately, providing just enough moisture to keep the soil evenly moist but never soggy. During active growth seasons, spring and summer, water approximately once a week, applying about 1-2 gallons per plant depending on the size and environmental conditions. Reduce watering frequency during the fall and winter, allowing the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings. Ensure the plant has good drainage as overwatering can lead to root rot.

  • sunLight

    African Daisies thrive in full sun conditions, generously blooming with plenty of direct light. Place the plant in a spot where it will receive at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight daily for optimal growth. While they can tolerate some light shade, especially in hotter climates, too much shade can reduce blooming and lead to leggy growth.

  • thermometerTemperature

    African Daisies prefer a temperature range between 50-75°F for optimal growth. They can withstand minimum temperatures down to about 30°F, but frost can damage the plant. During the hot season, ensure they are not exposed to temperatures exceeding 80°F for prolonged periods as this can stress the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune African Daisies to encourage bushy growth and stimulate more blooming. Deadhead spent flowers regularly to prolong the flowering period. Perform a more substantial prune in early spring or late winter, cutting back by about one-third to maintain plant shape and health.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    African Daisy 'Lady Leitrim' thrives best in well-draining soil with a pH range of 5.5 to 6.5. A mix of potting soil, peat, and perlite or sand is ideal to ensure good aeration and drainage. Regularly check soil moisture and avoid waterlogging to maintain healthy roots.

  • plantRepotting

    African Daisy 'Lady Leitrim' should be repotted every two to three years or when it outgrows its current pot. Repotting in spring allows the plant to recover and grow during the active season. Use fresh soil mix and a pot only slightly larger than the previous one.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    African Daisy 'Lady Leitrim' is adaptable to a wide range of humidity levels but prefers moderate conditions. It doesn't require high humidity; normal room humidity is typically sufficient for healthy growth. Avoid extremely dry air to prevent leaf desiccation.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and keep soil lightly moist.

    • Outdoor

      Full sun, well-draining soil; protect from extreme cold.

    • Hardiness zone

      9-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Osteospermum 'Lady Leitrim', commonly known as African Daisy, begins with seed germination, occurring in warm, moist soil conditions, typically in spring. The seedlings emerge, developing into young plants with characteristic spoon-shaped leaves. As the plant matures, it forms a bushy, evergreen clump and begins to produce long stems and daisy-like flowers with distinctive purple and white shades during the growing season. Following pollination, often by bees or butterflies, the flowers will set seed that can be collected or allowed to fall and potentially germinate to produce new plants. In colder climates, African Daisy acts as an annual, completing its life cycle within one season, but in more temperate regions, it may survive as a perennial, going dormant over winter and resuming growth in spring. Regular deadheading encourages continued blooming and prevents excessive self-seeding, maintaining the plant's vigor through its life cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Osteospermum 'Lady Leitrim', commonly known as African Daisy, is best propagated through cuttings. To do so, one would typically take a cutting of around 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) from a healthy, established plant during late spring or early summer when the plant's growth is most vigorous. The cutting should include several sets of leaves. The lower leaves are removed, and the cut end can be dipped in rooting hormone powder to increase the chances of successful root development. The prepared cutting is then inserted into a well-draining soil mix and kept in a warm, humid environment with indirect sunlight until roots have formed, which generally takes several weeks. During this period, it's important to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged to encourage root growth without causing rot. Once the cuttings have rooted, they can be transplanted into individual pots to grow on before being planted out.