Osteospermum (previously Chrysanthemoides) moniflora – Bush Tick Berry:
Tick berry is a fast growing semi-succulent indigenous shrub which is classified as a pioneer plant and is found naturally growing all over South Africa in many different biomes. It actually usually appears after fires have taken place. This shrub grows between 1,5 – 2m high and about 1 – 1,5m wide, but it can be cut to keep it controlled and is also often hedged. Tick berries produce bunches of bright yellow daisies throughout the year, but their main flowering seasons are actually autumn and winter. These flowers are visited by many insects, including being very popular with bees. The purplish, black berries which follow are loved by masses of birds as well as humans. Tick berries are extremely drought tolerant (succulent like), enjoy a well-drained sandy soil, hot sun/ half day sun and are usually pest free plants. This shrub makes an excellent hedge, wind breaker or ornamental shrub and is bound to take off like a lightning bolt in your garden. Osteospermum incanum is another variety of tick berry, with greyer leaves. This variety is a smaller more compact variety.