Arctotis also called the bear's ear. Arctotis comes from South Africa, which means that this plant is thermophilic.
Today, about 30 species of this flower are known. Growing arctotis has gained popularity due to the fact that its flowers are ideally combined with many others when drawing up bouquets.
In the photographs, a blooming bear's ear can be confused with a gerbera, they are very similar. The color of flowers is very diverse, but they are always bright, juicy and attractive. After flowering, achenes are formed with a kind of tuft, from which seeds can be collected for further sowing. Arctotis seeds are very, very small, retain their germination capacity for 2 years.
Growing arctotis is not a problem. It is not very picky about soils, any, except for excessively heavy ones, will do. These flowers grow very well in drained limestone soil. It is better not to get carried away with organic fertilizers when growing a bear ear, too damp soil should be avoided.
This flower is photophilous, it is not for nothing that South Africa is its homeland. For seed germination, a sufficient amount of liquid is needed, because in the natural climatic zone of Africa, where the plant comes from, abundant night dew relieves of drought. Arctotis tolerates cold and drought well, but good watering should not be neglected.
The plant is propagated by seeds, transplanting seedlings into open ground at the end of May. It is unpretentious in care, weeding, loosening of the soil around the bushes and abundant watering on especially hot days are necessary.