Cape Marigold Information – Growing Cape Marigold Annuals In The Garden

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By: Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

We’re all familiar with marigolds– sunny, cheerful plants that brighten the garden all summer long. Don’t, however, confuse those old-fashioned favorites with Dimorphotheca cape marigolds, which are a different plant altogether. Also known as star of the veldt or African daisy (but not the same as Osteospermum daisy), cape marigold plants are daisy-like wildflowers that produce dazzling masses of rose-pink, salmon, orange, yellow or glistening white flowers from late spring until the first frost in autumn.

Cape Marigold Information

As the name indicates, cape marigold (Dimorphotheca sinuata) is native to South Africa. Although cape marigold is an annual in all but the warmest climates, it tends to reseed readily to produce stunning carpets of bright color year after year. In fact, if not controlled by regular deadheading, boisterous cape marigold plants can become invasive, especially in warmer climates. In cooler climates, you may need to replant every spring.

Growing Cape Marigold Annuals

Cape marigold plants are easy to grow by planting seeds directly in the garden. If you live in a warm climate, plant seeds in autumn. In climates with cold winters, wait until after all danger of frost has passed in spring.

Cape marigolds are a little particular about their growing conditions. Cape marigold plants need well-drained, sandy soil and plenty of sunlight. Blooming will be dramatically decreased in too much shade.

Cape marigold plants prefer temperatures below 80 F. (27 C.) and probably won’t bloom when the mercury rises to temps above 90 F (32 C.).

Cape Marigold Care

Cape marigold care is definitely uninvolved. In fact, once established, it’s best to leave this drought-tolerant plant to its own devices, as cape marigold becomes sprawling, leggy and unattractive in rich, fertilized soil or with too much water.

Be sure to deadhead wilted blooms religiously if you don’t want the plant to reseed.

Osteospermum vs. Dimorphotheca

Confusion exists in the gardening world regarding the difference between Dimorphotheca and Osteospermum, as both plants can share the same common name of African daisy.

At one time, cape marigolds (Dimorphotheca) were included in the genus Osteospermum. However, Osteospermum is actually a member of the Calenduleae family, which is a cousin to the sunflower.

Additionally, Dimorphotheca African daisies (aka cape marigolds) are annuals, whereas the Osteospermum African daisies are typically perennials.

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Read more about Cape Marigold

Dimorphotheca Species, Cape Daisy, Cape Marigold, Rain Daisy, Cape Marguerite, Weather Prophet


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs Water regularly do not overwater

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USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Where to Grow:


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

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Propagation Methods:

From seed direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed sow indoors before last frost

Self-sows freely deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Gardeners' Notes:

On Apr 27, 2012, GreenThumbToo from Sierra Vista, AZ wrote:

I just bought this plant at Lowes. It is really a pretty daisy, with the dark purple center when you first look at it. The white is a pure white, in my opinion. I fell in love with it, the very first time I set eyes on it. I hadn't seen a daisy like this before.

As you can see, this plant grows well in my zone 8 garden. I planted mine in one end of a long narrow rose garden and already have seeds to grow more, next year.

I also accidentally broke the dirt up it was planted in, from the nursery. It didn't bother the plant, thank goodness. I bet I could have divided it into two plants, like you can with hostas, etc. I will try that on my other ones, I'll plant from seeds, next spring.

I did some research, elsewhere on the Internet and found the . read more 'Missouri Botanical Garden' site. Here is their information:
Common Name: weather prophet
Type: Annual
Family: Asteraceae
Zone: 2 to 11
Native Range: South Africa, Namibia
Height: 0.75 to 1.5 feet
Spread: 0.5 to 1 feet
Bloom Time: Seasonal bloomer
Bloom Color: White
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Maintenance: Medium
Flowers: Showy Flowers
Tolerates: Drought
Uses: Suitable as Annual

Grow in sandy, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates drought and hot summers, but dislikes the high humidity of the St. Louis area. Avoid overhead watering to help prevent onset of fungal leaf diseases. Seed may be sown directly in the garden after last frost date or started indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost date for earlier bloom. Also may be grown in pots/containers.

Noteworthy Characteristics:
Rain daisy or weather prophet is one of several different tropical composites commonly called African daisy (see also Osteospermum and Arctotis). It is a tender annual that grows 8-12” (less frequently to 16”) tall, and features daisy-like flowers with white rays (tinged purple beneath) and yellowish-brown center disks. Flowers bloom freely from summer to fall in cool summer climates, but may slow down considerably in the hot and humid St. Louis area summers. Flowers close at night and on cloudy days or before rain (hence the common names). Narrow obovate to oblanceolate, dentate green leaves (to 3.5” long). Synonymous with D. annua and sometimes included in the genus Osteospermum.

Problems: No serious insect or disease problems. Watch for leaf hoppers and powdery mildew.

Garden Uses: Mass in beds, rock gardens or borders. Containers.

More Information, from "The Flower Experts":
The African Moon plant is often grown in parks and gardens as an ornamental since the bright white daisy flowers form a dazzling mass during the spring.

Dimorphotheca pluvialis, the African Moon are the white daisy flowers, native of Namibia. African Moon flowers are also commonly called as Oxeye daisy, Rain Daisy, Cape Daisy, Witbotterblom. African Moon is cultivated as field crop for oil seed production particularly in Northern Europe.

Other sites, tell you if you let the flowers stay on the plant, after blooming, then it will reseed itself. If you don't want that, then pinch off the dried flower heads and clean the seeds and sow them after last frost, in the spring.

Hope this additional information is useful for you. :-)

On Nov 13, 2000, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This plant has small flowers that are white w/ purplish/brown centers. It blooms late winter/early spring. Grows 8" to 12" tall with same spread. Best cultivated in sun with well draining soil. Flowers only open in sun, deadheading helps produce more flowers. Salt tolerant. Propagate from seed in spring.

Cape Marigold Care: Learn About Dimorphotheca Cape Marigolds In Gardens - garden

African Daisy is an easy to grow annual flower. It is native to South Africa.

African Daisy plant grows approximately one foot high. The plant grows quickly. It blooms in just 50 to 60 days. Deadhead spent flowers to produce a continuous bloom into the Fall months. Soft colors include white, orange, yellow and apricot.

Try African Daisy plants in containers and pots on your deck. In the flower garden, place them towards the front.

Other Names: African Daisies have lots of names, including: Cape Marigold, Star-of-the-Veldt, Dimorphotheca, Barberton Daisy, Veldt Daisy, Transvaal Daisy, Gerber Daisy

African Daisy are grown from seeds. Directly sow seeds into your flower garden. Or, start African Daisy plants indoors eight to ten weeks before the last frost date in your area. Sow African Daisy seeds early in the season, and cover lightly with 1/8" of fine garden or potting soil.

Ideal plant spacing is 10" apart. African Daisy plants will tolerate a little crowding.

Days to Germination: 10 - 20

Flowers Bloom: Spring to Fall

How to Grow African Daisies:

Growing African Daisy is easy. Grow them in full sun. The plants grow well in sandy, loam, light, well draining soil. Keep the soil moist, not wet. Add a general purpose fertilizer when planting, then once a month after that.

Apply water regularly. Avoid getting the leaves wet, as these plants are susceptible to fungal disease.

Weed frequently early in the season. Apply mulch to keep the weeds down.

Deadhead spent flowers to promote continuous blooms.

African Daisy are good re-seeders. Plant them where they can drop their seeds and grow undisturbed for years.

Aphids can be a problem. Apply insecticides or repellents.

African Daisy plants can get fungal diseases. Keep leaves and stems dry. Apply fungicides as needed.

Nega ogrinjala Cape Marigold

Skrbnika za ognjiče z ogrinjali vsekakor ni vključena. Ko je ustanovljena, je najbolje, da to rastlino, ki je odporna na sušo, prepusti lastnim napravam, saj ognjič iz ogrščic postane razpršen, dolgonosen in neprivlačen v bogatih, gnojenih tleh ali s preveč vode.

Bodite prepričani do mrtvega veneta cvetenje verno cveti, če ne želite, da se rastlina ponovno zasuti.

Watch the video: How to grow Osteospermum


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