Bright Lights™ Red African Daisy
Osteospermum 'Bright Lights Red'
Bright Lights™ Red African Daisy flowers
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Plant Height: 8 inches
Flower Height: 12 inches
Spacing: 8 inches
Hardiness Zone: 8b
Group/Class: Bright Lights Series
Brand: Proven Winners
A gorgeous selection, producing beautiful bright red colored flowers with black eyes; nicely mounded habit supports flowers for an excellent display; long blooming and heat tolerant
Bright Lights™ Red African Daisy is clothed in stunning red daisy flowers with black eyes at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its spiny narrow leaves remain green in color throughout the season.
Bright Lights™ Red African Daisy is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep. Trim off the flower heads after they fade and die to encourage more blooms late into the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Bright Lights™ Red African Daisy is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
- Hanging Baskets
Planting & Growing
Bright Lights™ Red African Daisy will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity extending to 12 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 8 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.
Bright Lights™ Red African Daisy is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.