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Osteospermum 'Sunny Philip'


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Key information

Plant type

Tender perennial

Flower colour

White, Purple





Skill level


Osteospermum 'Sunny Philip'

Plant details

Formerly known as Dimorphotheca, Osteospermum was raised for many years annually from seed as a half-hardy annual, and it is still worth sowing some mixtures for choosing good forms to keep going from cuttings. Many named cultivars have been developed since then, and have become popular for summer bedding, especially in containers in warm sunny sites.

Osteospermum 'Sunny Philip' produces flat, white, spatula-shaped petals which fold midway to reveal the contrasting purple underside. It's perfect for growing in a mixed, sunny border and makes an interesting cut flower.

Grow Osteospermum 'Sunny Philip' in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. A tender perennial, grow it as an annual or move pots indoors in autumn to overwinter.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Osteospermum

Cultivar: Sunny Philip

Plant type: Tender perennial

Flower colour: White, Purple

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 60cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to plant seeds: May to June

Flowering period: June to October

Reader reviews


This Osteospermum has grown and flowered constantly, even right through winter, since planting 2 years ago. I live in north west Kent. It forms a dense sprawling mass of branches with the flowers held on stems at about 30/45 cms. It gives early flowers for the bees, butterflies, hoverflies, etc., and protection for hibernating ladybirds. In my garden, it's a star plant. Tresco Purple and Juncundum have not survived our winters.

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