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ARCTOTIS x hybrida (PINK SUGAR™)

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John Rickard

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ARCTOTIS x hybrida( PINK SUGAR™, THE RAVERS™ SERIES) PPAF

Plant Common Name

Hybrid African Daisy

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

Frost-tender, shrubby perennials often used as annuals, these showy hybrids result from crosses between several South African members of Arctotis. They bear large colorful daisies with contrasting dark halos on calf-high, leafless stems. The solitary blooms may be pink, red, orange, white, or yellow. They appear from summer into fall above densely massed, silvery green, slightly fuzzy leaves with deeply lobed margins. Blooms tend to stay open wider and longer in cloudy conditions than do those of other arctotis.

These hybrids favor sun and well drained soil but are not particular about fertility, flourishing even in poor sandy ground. In dry climates they require occasional watering. Alone or in mass, they excel at bringing summer color to Mediterranean and desert landscapes. They make excellent bedding and container plants for just about any climate. Remove spent blooms to encourage prolific and continued flowering and to prevent self-sowing.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b

  • Plant Type

    Annual

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8"-20" / 20.3cm - 50.8cm

  • Width

    3"-6" / 7.6cm - 15.2cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Southern Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Red, Orange, Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes