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Bonsai-MarcBonsai-Marc Posts: 444

Daisy like, osteospermum?

flowers during day and closes at night.  Neighbour says it used to be in her garden and slowly jumped the wall and now is on my lawn.

last year was 1st year in this house and i just cut it back in autumn and can see it was taking over the grass and getting much bigger.  seems to be getting bigger already and maybe has some grass growing within it.  needs to be kept to a circle of flowers and not too overgrown

thinking it could be a good time to cut it down hard for it to come back and flower again in summer?

suggestions please



  • Mark56Mark56 Posts: 1,653

    Definitely an osteospermum. I'm guessing you're going to have to get up all the roots, maybe taking a cutting and move it elsewhere? 

  • Bonsai-MarcBonsai-Marc Posts: 444

    i just want to trim it back to a nice circle and maintain and stop spreading across the lawn

    think it has grass growing within also so may start getting messy

    not sure if and how i can prune, shear the top off and push back to a smaller circle at this time of year?

  • Bonsai-MarcBonsai-Marc Posts: 444

    any trim back advise?

  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,414

    Osteospermum is a border plant as a rule, if you want your lawn back dig it all out taking a few cuttings to plant elsewhere, it is a nice plant in the correct place. Then replant lawn.

    You can cut it back hard then dig out the outer sections if you wish to keep it and stop it spreading though if left it will spread. If you can see grass in there it is more probably wicken and needs to be taken out, every tiny bit of root or else that too will keep on coming. The plant likes plenty of sun and dry conditions, it does not like rich soil which is why it moved over to you, a nice open lawn not too rich. It is probably best out and in a sunny border but that is your call, good luck


  • Bonsai-MarcBonsai-Marc Posts: 444

    well it obvioulsy likes where it is.

    not my house so i shouldnt really remove it all and dont want the extra work in garden

    i do read it will cut back ok just maybe a little too late in year.

    but i may just trim down and then try push its sides back so keeps to a better circle and dig out some

    im sure it wont die and may push back more flowers soon

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