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Osteospermum 'Lady Leitrim'


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Plant type

Tender perennial

Flower colour






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photo by Lynn Keddie, copyright GAP Photos (150450)

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. 'Lady Leitrim' is a classic variety, with light pink blooms, demure and yet conspicuous when flowering en masse. This is hardy in sheltered spots, and spreads to make a green carpet of foliage, superb as edging. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Osteospermum

Cultivar: Lady Leitrim

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: 60cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to plant seeds: May to June

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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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