Photo Courtesy of Syngenta Flowers

Osteospermum ecklonis 'Tradewinds Yellow'

African Daisy

Tradewinds Yellow features bright yellow daisy with sapphire blue eyes. The Tradewinds Series have a spread of 12-16 inches, requiring a space of 10-14 inches to properly grow, and an optimal height of 12-16 inches. This beautiful series, bred by Syngenta, features a variety of colorful blooms, each with either a dark or sapphire-blue eye.

 

Height: 12-16 Inches

Spread: 12-16 Inches

USDA Zone: Zones 10 - 11

Color: Yellow

Interesting Notes:

Osteospermum is a mounding, warm weather annual and tender perennial. These daisy-like plants from South Africa are among the showiest flowers for gardens and homes. Their blooms will often have contrasting colors at the center or on the underside of each petal, appearing from late spring until autumn, on erect or trailing stems. The shrubby plants will have oval green or gray-green leaves that are sometimes bluntly toothed. Osteospermum is commonly known as the African daisy.

The Osteospermum Tradewinds Series, bred by Syngenta Flowers, features a variety of beautiful petal colors, each with a unique blue-eyed bloom. Tradewinds Yellow Imp. features bright yellow daisy with sapphire blue eyes. It is commonly used in mass planting or as an edging crop in the garden, and in hanging baskets and planters on the patio. The taller and fuller varieties go nicely as mixed fillers in the garden. Osteospermum grows best in moist, fertile, well-drained soil, and is a full sun exposure flower. Osteospermum thrives in the heat and is easy to grow. Key features include heat, frost, and drought tolerance, deer resistance, and continuous bloom production throughout the entire season.

Growing Tips for Homeowners:

As with every plant purchase, it is important to look for quality at the start! During the purchasing process, be sure to avoid plants that look exhausted. Finding a fresh young plant, without yellowing foliage is very important. Look for rich green foliage and healthy vibrant blossoms as indication of the plant's care thus far. This will ensure an easy start for you, and a long life for your plant.

After locating and purchasing a quality plant at the store, it is important to find the perfect place for it at your home. Osteospermum is a full sun annual that thrives in the heat. The best time for planting your flower is mid-spring or early summer, after the threat of frost has passed. Be careful not to take your plant outside too early in the spring. If there is still a chance of frost in your area, keep your plant safe indoors, maintaining care in the container. Osteospermum will last from late spring, through the summer, until the finish of fall. They are good pioneer plants in the garden, until other plants become more established.

Osteospermum is a low maintenance plant with a heat high tolerance level. Water application a few times a week is recommended, and regular fertilizer or compost application will ensure optimal plant performance. Be sure to apply low to the ground, near the plant’s main stem, avoiding wetting the plant’s foliage, for quick absorption and utilization. Osteospermum requires a good moisture level but must be well drained. It is important to ensure good drainage in both containers and landscaping, to prevent diseases like root rot. Drainage holes, elevated flower gardens, and proper soil composition are three great ways to prevent root rot and help your plants maintain a healthy moisture level.

These beauties will continuously bloom all season. While the plant does not require a lot deadheading, if your plants start to look messy, feel free to trim them back to keep them tight and well shaped. After pinching back, your plant should begin to bloom again within 1–2 weeks. It is good to remove the spent flowers to encourage continued flower bud production. Be sure to cut back in late summer to encourage re-blooming.

Preparing the ground for your plants is always an important key to maintaining healthy plants. Pests like slugs and snails are attracted to the environment created in flower gardens and landscaping. Prevention of these types of pests includes clearing the area of holes where such pests can live. Aphids and thrips may also pose a threat to your Osteospermum, but are usually taken care of by predator insects. These tiny pests usually hide on the underside of leaves and are difficult to see because of their small size.

The earliest prevention against disease and pest threat is careful examination during the purchasing process. It is important to know the difference between harmful pests and beneficial insects. Some insects may lay their eggs on your plant’s leaves in order to feed on the pests, which is actually beneficial to your flower. Removal of the wrong eggs could potentially promote pest survival and growth. Osteospermum flowers attract bees and butterflies, adding a touch of beauty to your garden while promoting pollination and plant growth.

Characteristics & Attributes:


Attracts Wildlife:

  • Bees
  • Butterflies

Attributes:

  • Heat Tolerant
  • Frost Tolerant
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Daisy Flower
  • Cut Flower

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant

Design Use:

  • Mass Planting
  • Filler
  • Hanging Baskets
  • Ground Cover
  • Edging
  • Window Boxes
  • Container
  • Cut Flower
  • Rock Garden
  • Woodland Edge
  • Border
  • Texture

Exposure:

  • Full Sun / Part Sun

Foliage Color:

  • Green

Habit:

  • Upright Mounding

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring
  • Fall
  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring