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Water Wise Plants

Arctotis 'Purple Torch'

Pronunciation
ark-TOE-tiss
Common Name
African Daisy
Plant Type
Perennial
Mature Size
1 ft. to 1 1/2 ft. tall and wide
Water Requirements
Low: water every three weeks until the root ball is wet
Sun/Shade Requirements
Full sun
Flower Color
Purple
Wildlife
  • Deer resistant
Maintenance- Design- Planting Tips

This African daisy begins blooming in the winter and continues until the weather gets hot. Other varieties of African daisy will bloom through the summer.

This plant is a low growing ground cover with gray felty leaves that are attractive even when there are no flowers. At our Palo Alto Demonstration Garden we have repeated plantings of 'Purple Torch' throughout the front of our beds to unify the garden. It combines well with Bulbine frutescens, which blooms at approximately the same time.

We do not consider this to be a low maintenance plant. To keep Arctotis looking its best, the flowers should be regularly deadheaded when past their prime. If you have a lot of Arctotis planted in your garden, it can be a chore.

Cuttings root easily in the cool months and that's a good thing because Arctotis looks best when replaced every few years.

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