Dimorphotheca aurantiaca      
African daisy   
Asteraceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


African daisies
Dimorphotheca aurantiaca in a xeriscape
Form: herbaceous annual wildflower
Seasonality: annual
Size: 1 - 1.5ft high
Leaves: light green, flat, linear, 2-3in long, irregular margin
Flowers: daisy-like; yellow or orange, sometimes white; bloom March - April or as soon as temperatures warm
Fruit: abundant seeds
Stems/Trunks: n/a
Range/Origin: native of South Africa
Hardiness: not hardy; late frost will kill tender seedlings



Research by Master Gardener Toni Moore


One of many annual flowers known by the common name "African Daisy"

Sow seeds in winter for extravagant spring display. Dead plants can be mowed and debris left in place as mulch for next year's display.

Can be invasive. In some areas Dimorphotheca aurantiaca has naturalized and competes with native species.

Dimorphotheca aurantiaca in springtime
African daisies in March

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