Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Osteospermum jucundum var. compactum

Osteospermum jucundum var. compactum

The plant above is called Osteospermum jucundum var. compactum. It's an amazingly resilient plant in a hot dry position, because it roots very aggressively.

In this border in my garden the soil is very dry and the sun is very hot for many hours every day through the summer. Even rose bushes really struggle in this position.

Osteospermum, however, grows very well here, as it can very quickly put down roots along the entire length of every stem (below), and so collect water over a very wide area.

Roots growing along the length of the stems of Osteospermum jucundum var. compactum
In addition to tolerating hot dry conditions well the plant also does well in our garden in the winter. It keeps a few flowers all through the year and flowers properly from about March to October. It continues to provide ground cover with its evergreen foliage, throughout the year (below).

Osteospermum jucundum var. compactum in January.

The plant seems to enjoy the same kind of conditions as those favoured by Pelargonium and Passion plants (Passiflora). In our garden it generally co-exists well with plants from South Africa and South America.