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Osteospermum jucundum var. compactum


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Key information

Plant type

Tender perennial

Flower colour






Skill level


Osteospermum jucundum car. compactum

Plant details

There are several good varieties of osteospermum to choose from, but Osteospermum jucundum var. compactum is particularly garden worthy. Plants have narrow, green foliage, which quickly spreads to provide attractive, weed-suppressing groundcover. The cheerful purple flowers are produced throughout summer and into autumn.

Grow Osteospermum jucundum var. compactum in well-drained soil in full sun. Protect from frost in winter or grow in pots which you can move indoors in autumn.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Osteospermum

Species: jucundum

Plant type: Tender perennial

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 15cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to plant seeds: May to June

Flowering period: June to October

Reader reviews


I've inherited a much neglected garden and found this growing well under weeds! The soil type is accurate. Its good to have a name for it and find out how to care for it, although its survived well without any help


I've tried a few of these this year and they're doing very well.
Do I cut them back in autumn or spring, or leave them alone? Any ideas greatfully received.

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