Common name/s ?

African daisy 'Flame'

Skill rating



Southern Africa

Type of plant ?

Herbaceous perennial.

Hardiness zone ?

RHS zone

Half hardy

EGF zone

H1 (H3 in summer)

USDA zone

11 (9-10 in summer)

Eventual size

Grows to 50cm height and spread.

Growth rate ?

Fast, will reach full height in one to two years.

Shape it grows into

Large clump of foliage with flowers held above it on tall, single stems.

Season/s of interest

Summer through to autumn.

Where to grow it

Happiest in full sun.
Prefers well drained soil.

Prefers acid or neutral soil. It’s happy on chalk, loam or sand but won’t tolerate clay soil. It will grow in both exposed or sheltered spots. The sunnier it is the better flowering you’ll get, so a south or west facing location is perfect.

Arctotis x hybrida 'Flame'


The foliage is in the form of clumps of long, lobed, mid green leaves, which are silvery on the back. It produces large, round buds bursting into 8cm wide, bright orange, daisy-like flowers, with golden centre, on tall single stems.

Flowers close in the evening or when there is dull weather – this plant is a real sun worshipper!

What to use it for

Very drought tolerant, so useful for dry spots and containers. Good for cut flowers to put in water or to dry. It will also look stunning in beds and borders or gravel gardens.

How to look after it

If you want to keep it over winter then you’ll need to move it to a warm spot (ideally a heated greenhouse), otherwise treat it as an annual and remove it at the end of the flowering season.

How to prune it

Deadhead regularly to encourage a longer flowering season, removing each flowered stem down to the base.

How to propagate it

Take basal stem or semi-ripe stem-tip cuttings from late summer to early autumn, if possible selecting non-flowering shoots or at least removing any flower buds from them. Use well draining compost and keep them warm, humid but well ventilated for 2 to 3 weeks then pot on and keep them warm over winter before planting out in spring.

You also can grow this from seed, although they may not come true to the original plant’s appearance, in the spring.

Common problems

Aphids and leaf-mining flies can be a problem.