One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant or shrub of the daisy family, native to Africa and the Middle East, some varieties of which are cultivated for their yellow or violet flowers.
Genus Osteospermum, family Compositae
- ‘Daisies such as arcotis, erigerum, gazanias and osteospermums are terrific value, flowering for many months of summer.’
- ‘With the helichrysum is a rich purple-red flowered osteospermum which contrasts wonderfully with the furry yellow-green leaves.’
- ‘His garden has a ‘contemplative side’, with plants from China and Japan, including maples and Himalayan poppies, and a sunnier, Mediterranean side, with euphorbia, osteospermum, sedums, cistus and lavenders.’
- ‘I love rudbeckias of all sizes, shastas similarly, colourful chrysanthemums and coreopsis, marguerites, ox-eyes, osteospermums; the list is almost endless.’
- ‘That does not, however, mean that I will stop bugging the local nurseries to stock the exotic osteospermum!’
Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from osteo- + Greek sperma ‘seed’.
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