African Daisies in Arizona

This spring wildflower is native to South Africa. It is an introduced species to the desert southwest.  You will find it growing in yards in Waddell and all throughout Maricopa County.  Seventeen years ago, when I first moved out to Waddell, AZ from Peoria, AZ I had but a couple of these beauties pop up in my yard in the spring.  The seeds have spread throughout my front yard and now I have my own wildflower show every year.  I do not know a lot regarding this species.  I would love to know how it was introduced into North America, and in what year?  Who brought it here? Please share if you have any knowledge it would be much appreciated.

AFRICAN DAISY (Dimorphotheca sinuata)

  • Also known as “Cape Marigold”
  • Member of the Aster Family
  • Herbaceous annuals
  • Colors include white, orange, yellow and apricot
  • Close at night or during cloud cover
  • Each bloom produces tons of seeds
  • Referred to as Goddess of the Sun

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