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daveandkitdaveandkit DorsetPosts: 8
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: 31,564
  • daveandkitdaveandkit DorsetPosts: 8
    Is that definite, I ask as you put a question mark
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 9,547
    I am as certain as l can be that it is an osteospermum  :)
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,038
    I think osteospermum too.
  • 2000GTV2000GTV Martina Franca, Puglia, southern ItalyPosts: 68
    Another vote for osteospermum. They are available in lots of different colours here (I have 12 different (at the moment)). I love them.  
    Love living in Italy but a Loiner at heart 
  • daveandkitdaveandkit DorsetPosts: 8
    thanks everyone, are they perennial or do i have to take cuttings?
  • UffUff SW Scotland but born in DerbyshirePosts: 1,698
    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. 
  • 2000GTV2000GTV Martina Franca, Puglia, southern ItalyPosts: 68
    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. 
    Love living in Italy but a Loiner at heart 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,028
    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....

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 9,547
    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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