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Osteospermum ‘Osjaseclipur’

Soprano lilac spoon African daisy

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderAsteralesFlowering plants with a central disk flower and surrounding petals, like daisies
FamilyAsteraceaeThe aster family, which also includes daisies and sunflowers; from the Greek ἀστήρ, “star,” for the star-shaped flowers
GenusOsteospermumFrom the Greek osteon, “bone,” and sperma, which in Greek compound words means “-seeded”, thus meaning “hard-seeded”

About plant names...

The Soprano Lilac Spoon is a hybrid of Osteospermum, a genus related to sunflowers and commonly known as African daisies. (Osteospermum means “bone seed.”) It is a cultivar, not found in the wild, derived from Osteospermum ecklonis.

Identification: Most African daises resemble their North American counterparts, but a few cultivars, like this one, have unique spoon-shaped petals. Plants are 9-10" (24-26 cm) high and 14-16" (35-40 cm) around. Flowers are 1¾-2" (5-5.5 cm) in diameter, purple with blue centers, blooming early.

Osteospermum ‘Osjaseclipur’ (soprano lilac spoon African daisy)

The spoon-shaped flower petals are unique to only a few cultivars.


Osteospermum ‘Osjaseclipur’ (soprano lilac spoon African daisy)

8/1/2009 · Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, Maine
≈ 20 × 16" (51 × 40 cm)

Here are three similar cultivars with spoon-shaped petals:[1]

Cultivar Height Width Flowers Flowering Flower size Flower color
Osteospermum ‘Osdapur’ 8-9" (20-24 cm) 12-15" (30-38 cm) Spatulate, larger, better spoons Early 2" (6 cm) Light purple
Osteospermum ‘Osjaseclipur’ 9-10" (24-26 cm) 14-16" (35-40 cm) Spatulate Early 1¾-2" (5-5.5 cm) Purple
Osteospermum ‘Nashinga Purple’ 16-18" (40-45 cm) 26-28" (66-70 cm) Spatulate, narrow spoons Late 2" (5.5 cm) Light purple

Online References:

Osteospermum ‘Osjaseclipur’ on www.freepatentsonline.com

1From the patent application


Osteospermum ‘Osjaseclipur’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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