Dimorphotheca sinuata (African Daisy, Stick) is a colorful and resilient annual flowering plant native to South Africa. It belongs to the Asteraceae family and is highly regarded for its vibrant daisy-like flowers and its ability to thrive in hot and dry conditions.
African Daisy typically grows to a height of about 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 centimeters) and forms a low, spreading mound of foliage. The stems are slender and slightly woody, giving rise to the common name "Stick Daisy." The plant has a compact and bushy growth habit, with multiple branches covered in flowers.
The flowers of Dimorphotheca sinuata are the main attraction of this plant. Each flower features a prominent central disk surrounded by colorful petals. The petals are typically large and ray-like, with smooth or slightly wavy edges. The color range of African Daisies is vast, including shades of orange, yellow, pink, red, purple, and white. The flowers open during the day and close at night or during cloudy weather.
The foliage of African Daisy consists of narrow, lance-shaped leaves that are gray-green or silvery in color. The leaves are coated with fine hairs, which help reduce water loss and protect the plant from excessive heat. The foliage adds texture and interest to the plant's overall appearance and remains evergreen in warm climates.
Dimorphotheca sinuata is well-adapted to hot and dry environments, making it a resilient and low-maintenance plant. It thrives in full sun exposure and requires well-drained soil. African Daisies are drought-tolerant once established, but regular watering is necessary during dry periods to promote optimal growth and flowering.
African Daisy is known for attracting butterflies and other pollinators to the garden, contributing to the overall biodiversity. It is often used in rock gardens, borders, containers, and mass plantings, adding a splash of vibrant color to the landscape.
Caring for Dimorphotheca sinuata involves deadheading spent flowers to encourage continuous blooming and prevent self-seeding. Pruning or pinching back the plant can help maintain its compact shape and encourage bushier growth.
With their striking colors, resilient nature, and ability to thrive in hot and dry conditions, African Daisies are a popular choice for gardeners looking to add vibrant and low-maintenance flowers to their landscape. The cheerful and long-lasting blooms of Dimorphotheca sinuata brighten up any garden and bring a touch of the African wilderness to outdoor spaces.
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Scientific Name: Dimorphotheca Sinuata
Common Name: African Daisy, Stick
Plant Type: Annual
Family: Dimorphotheca- Daisy
Native Range: South Africa
Full Growth Height: 8-16 inches
Zone: 2 to 11
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Fall, Summer
Flower: Cut Flower, Showy,
Flower Color: Orange, Yellow, White
Water Requirement: Dry, Moderate
Soil Type: Well-drained, Sand, Loam,
Soil pH: Neutral, Acid, Alkaline
Garden Uses: Rock Garden, Gravel, Cottage Gardens