What is the plant
Dimorphotheca ecklonis or Osteospermum, is an ornamental plant. A native plant of South Africa, this plant is now regarded as a weed in parts of Australia, particularly Victoria and Western Australia.
Osteospermum ecklonis is an evergreen, perennial dwarf shrub with the stature heights of 25 to 50 centimeters. The leaves measure 5 to 10 × 1 to 4 inches and are glandular fluffy, sessile, elliptical, slightly succulent, narrow obovate and entire or serrated. The heads are on 15 to 20 centimeters long stems and have a diameter of 5 to 8 centimeters. The bracts are 13 to 16 millimeters long and glandular. The rays are white above and reddish-blue below. The disc is dark blue or purple. The fruit surface is net-wrinkled. It is native to the Eastern Cape in Uitenhage and Humansdorp, in South Africa, and is found on wet grass and in river beds at altitudes up to 300 meters.
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