Osteospermum – ‘Whirlygig’

Marilyn Harris

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Osteospermum – ‘Whirlygig’ – My Garden, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. 1235 Views 22.11.2016

Featured in Peace, Love & Tranquility, Australian Women Photographers, Blooms (All Seasons Flowers) and Shapes and Patterns
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The Cape Daisy so named because of its masses of vibrant coloured daisy flowers and because it originated in the Southern areas of Africa.

Osteospermum is a low growing, spreading perennial, well suited to a number of uses. In particular it is a good flowering evergreen ground covering perennial that doesn’t get too tall. They tolerate dry conditions well, and for this reason are often thought of as a plant only for dry soils. They grow very well in good fertile soil, moist – not sodden.

Osteospermums have been subject to hybridization and there is now a good colour range and a few interesting flower variations to the normal open daisy flowers which are their big draw. Osteospermum ‘Whirlygig’ being the most unusual of the flower shapes. There are now many colours to this shape of flower. The ‘crimped’ or ‘spooned’ petals are a photographers dream. So much so, that the ‘normal’ daisy flowers Cape Daisies seep to get ignored – photographically! These are not the hardiest of varieties for garden use, but can be used for patio pots.

Nikon Coolpix P520

Shutter Speed: 1/320
Aperture: F3.9
ISO: 80

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