Arctotis aspera L.

Rough-leaved Arctotis

Family: Compositae

Genus: Arctotis

Category: Perennial

Size: 1 to 3' tall


White flowers with purple edges have a slightly bitter smell. Shrubby form, described as 'half shrubby'. gray-green leaves, deeply cut and crinkled.


Native to South Africa. Introduced to cultivation in England before 1710.

Published in Sp.Pl. 2: 922 in 1753.

Arctotis aureola Ker Gawl. is a synonym.

Also published in Bot. Reg. 1: 34 in 1815.

From Bot. Reg. It is not always an easy task to recognise the species of this family, owing to the variation in their foliage, especially when viewed under the different aspects imparted by age or luxuriance of growth; a circumstance that may have been the cause why the present has not been known by Jacquin as the aspera of Linnaeus, but been published by that botanist under a new name... Native of the Cape of Good Hope. Cultivated here before 1710.

Other names listed in Bot. Reg.:

Arctotis arborescens Jacq. 1797 = synonym


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