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Summertime Red Velvet African Daisy

Osteospermum 'Summertime Red Velvet'

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Summertime Red Velvet African Daisy (Osteospermum 'Summertime Red Velvet') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Osteospermum 'Summertime Red Velvet' flowers

Osteospermum 'Summertime Red Velvet' flowers

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Height:  16 inches

Spacing:  14 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Group/Class:  Summertime Series

Ornamental Features

Summertime Red Velvet African Daisy is smothered in stunning rose daisy flowers with purple overtones at the ends of the stems from early summer to mid fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its spiny narrow leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Summertime Red Velvet African Daisy is an herbaceous annual with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep. Trim off the flower heads after they fade and die to encourage more blooms late into the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Summertime Red Velvet African Daisy is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

Summertime Red Velvet African Daisy will grow to be about 16 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 14 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. Although it's not a true annual, this fast-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Summertime Red Velvet African Daisy is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Container  Basket 
Applications
Flowers 
Ornamental Features