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Ursinia speciosa (Cape daisy)

The Cape daisy is native to southern Africa and is cultivated for its bright orange to yellow flowerheads.
Yellow flower heads of Cape daisy

Ursinia speciosa in the Palm House Parterre at Kew Gardens.

Species information

Scientific name: 

Ursinia speciosa DC.

Common name: 

Cape daisy, parachute daisy, Namakwa ursinia, Namakwa daisy

Conservation status: 

Not threatened.


Fynbos (shrubland or heathland vegetation in coastal and mountainous areas with winter rainfall and a Mediterranean climate).

Key Uses: 


Known hazards: 

None known.


Genus: Ursinia

About this species

Ursinia speciosa is one of about 40 species of Ursinia from southern Africa. It is popular in cultivation as a result of its brightly coloured flower heads. The genus Ursinia was named in honour of Johann Ursinus of Regensburg (1608-1666), who was the author of Arboretum Biblicum.

Cape daisies can sometimes be seen covering large areas of land where the natural biodiversity has been destroyed, and hence, although the swathes of flowers are attractive, they may be indicators of a damaged landscape.


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