Osteospermum moniliferum subsp. moniliferum

Water Needs

low water wise drought hardy

Osteospermum moniliferum subsp. moniliferum
Shrub medium; Shrub large
Dune Tick-berry

2 x 2 m

Size

Light Conditions

sun

Frost

hardy

Flowers

yellow; autumn winter; on and off through the year

sun; sandy soils; screen; shrubbery; rockery; slope bank; windy exposed; salty air; wildlife bees butterflies insects birds; fast-growing easy-care

Garden Situation

Habitat

grassland; fynbos; bushveld; woodland forest; coastal eastern cape; coastal kzn; hot dry; rocky places; urban streets

Region

thicket; Highveld; subtropical east coast; bushveld savanna; karoo; western cape

Rain Season

summer; winter

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Description

Chrysanthemoides monilifera, now called Osteospermum moniliferum subsp. moniliferum, is a common pioneer shrub that grows readily in sandy soils and is thus often used to stabilise sand dunes. It is an excellent shrub for water wise garden designs and thrives in many challenging gardening conditions but must be given enough space to spread. Grey to grey-green leaves with younger leaves coated with a fine cobweb-like hairs that give it a whitish appearance. Flowers grow in clusters made up of male and female florets. Fleshy, edible green fruits follow ripening to purple-black and are loved by birds. This daisy bush seeds easily after passing through a bird’s digestive system so will need to be controlled in small gardens. To grow from seed, they must first be scarified. Cape gardeners can use it in a mixed shrubbery with Aloe arborescens and Metalasia muricata to deflect wind. The old Chrysanthemoides monilifera has been split into a number of subspecies of Osteospermum moniliferum.

Osteospermum moniliferum subsp. moniliferum
Osteospermum moniliferum subsp. moniliferum