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Hi can anyone tell me what this plant/flower is please, its very similar to a gazinia, its still flowering with different coloured flowers. My wife who is the gardener is now blind and i havent a clue but im learning so i can help her!



  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,051
  • Is that definite, I ask as you put a question mark
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,428
    I am as certain as l can be that it is an osteospermum  :)
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,839
    I think osteospermum too.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • 2000GTV2000GTV Posts: 108
    Another vote for osteospermum. They are available in lots of different colours here (I have 12 different (at the moment)). I love them.  
    Martina Franca, Puglia, southern Italy
    Love living in Italy but a Loiner at heart 
  • thanks everyone, are they perennial or do i have to take cuttings?
  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    It depends where you live, they aren't hardy in SW Scotland and I would have to take cuttings. There is one that's hardier than the others, a lilac coloured one but a really cold winter, it could succumb. 
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • 2000GTV2000GTV Posts: 108
    I will leave those based in the UK to advise you on this. The climate here is very different.  :)

    There is a wealth of knowledge on here so help is always available.

    Best wishes. 
    Martina Franca, Puglia, southern Italy
    Love living in Italy but a Loiner at heart 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,085
    Yes- as @Uff says, there's a white/purpley one which is quite hardy [ish] in many areas, but most of them aren't, or are borderline depending on location. 

    Someone will advise, but if the plants' been there for a few years, it's probably fine for your location  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,428
    There are a few that are grown as perennials, but looking at the colour and the leaves l think this is more than likely one classed as an annual. 
    It is possible to take cuttings from them although to be honest you have left it a bit late. to propagate osteospermum,the edge of a pot.
    They can also root in water.

    Is it a plant that you've had for a while, or was it newly planted this year ?
    Was it in the ground or a pot ? If in a pot you could try moving it into a greenhouse or near the house wall and have some fleece to hand for the really cold nights. Make sure it's up on pot feet or bricks to help the drainage. 

    If it's in the ground, as you're down in Dorset you might well be lucky if we get a mild winter and your soil is well drained  :)
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