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The common name African daisy has been applied to almost every plant in the aster family that has come to horticulture from South Africa. The name has been used for Gerbera, Osteospermum, Arctotis and Dimorphotheca interchangeably, so we should think of it more as descriptive of a large group of plants, not one single genus. With this broad linguistic sweep, we gain hundreds of lively and colorful groundcovers and tender shrubs wonderfully adapted to our Missouri summer gardens. Visit any nursery or garden center today, and you will meet many of these excellent South African selections.