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Products > Arctotis stoechadifolia
Arctotis stoechadifolia - Cream African Daisy
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Cream
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 1 foot
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Arctotis stoechadifolia (Cream African Daisy) - An aggressive low-growing groundcover that hugs the ground with leafy, ribbed stems and toothed large leaves that are grayish-green and covered with many fine white hairs. The stems can root where they are in contact with the ground. The large daisy-like flowers are white with a steel blue center that is encircled by a band of yellow.

Plant in full sun in a soil that drains moderately well and irrigate occasionally to infrequently. It is hardy to 25 degrees F. This is a durable and attractive groundcover that tolerates drought and even seasonal inundation.

Arctotis stoechadifolia grows in the dry dunes along the west coast of Cape Province where it was described from by Peter Jonas Bergius in 1767. The genus name Arctotis is derived from Greek words 'arktos', which means "a bear" and 'otos' meaning "an ear" with the implication that the scales of the flower and fruit pappus look like the ears of a bear. The reason for the specific epithet is not clear with the possibility that it come from the Greek word 'stoechas' that refers to a type of mint coupled with 'folia' meaning leaf. The common name is "African daisy", or "Gousblom" in Afrikaans. We offered this plant in the past, listing it in our catalogs from 1995 to 2000 but because of its short shelf life (it just grows too fast!) we stopped growing it. We brought it back into production in 2010 because so many customers have requested it after seeing our extensive planting of it in the dry creek in our nursery. 

This information about Arctotis stoechadifolia displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.