Osteospermum 'Bright Lights™ Pink'

Osteospermum ‘Bright Lights™ Pink’: A Radiant Addition to Your Garden

Osteospermum ‘Bright Lights™ Pink’, commonly known as African Daisy, belongs to the Asteraceae family, which is known for its daisy-like flowers. This particular hybrid, ‘INOSTEPINK’, is part of the Bright Lights™ series, celebrated for its vibrant color, heat tolerance, and long blooming season. The genus Osteospermum is native to South Africa, where it thrives in sunny and dry conditions, making it an excellent choice for gardeners looking to add a splash of color to their landscape or containers.


Flowers and Foliage: The standout feature of Osteospermum ‘Bright Lights™ Pink’ is its large, bright pink daisy-like flowers. These blooms are not only eye-catching but also attract butterflies and bees, making them a great addition to pollinator gardens. The plant has a mounded growth habit, with sturdy stems that hold the flowers upright, ensuring a continuous and vibrant display throughout the blooming season.

Growth Habit: This variety grows to a mature height of 8-12 inches and spreads 8-12 inches wide, making it ideal for containers, borders, and mass plantings. The mounding habit of the plant ensures a neat and tidy appearance, perfect for both formal and informal garden settings.

Care Instructions for Osteospermum ‘Bright Lights™ Pink’:

Light: Osteospermum ‘Bright Lights™ Pink’ thrives in full sun to partial sun. The more light the plant receives, the better it will bloom. In areas with intense afternoon sun, some partial shade can help prevent the plant from becoming stressed.

Soil: This plant prefers well-drained soils and does not tolerate wet feet. Good drainage is essential to prevent root rot and other water-related issues. While the plant likes evenly moist soil, it can tolerate some drought once established.

Water: Water the plant regularly, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. In containers, ensure that the soil surface is dry before watering again. Overwatering can lead to root problems, so it’s crucial to maintain a balance.

Fertilizer: Apply a balanced fertilizer in the spring before planting and continue to feed the plant with a liquid fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season. Regular fertilization will support continuous blooming and overall plant health.

Pruning: Deadheading is not necessary for Osteospermum ‘Bright Lights™ Pink’ as it is a self-cleaning plant. New flowers will quickly cover the old ones, maintaining a fresh appearance. However, you can trim the plant as needed to maintain its shape and encourage bushier growth.


Cuttings: Since most Osteospermums are hybrids, they do not grow true from seed. Propagation through cuttings is the best way to ensure the new plants are identical to the parent plant. Here’s how to propagate Osteospermum ‘Bright Lights™ Pink’ from cuttings:

  1. Select Cuttings: Choose non-flowering shoots and cut them to a length of about 3-5 inches.
  2. Prepare Cuttings: Remove the leaves from the bottom half of the cuttings and dip the cut end in the rooting hormone.
  3. Plant Cuttings: Insert the cuttings into a well-draining medium, such as a mix of perlite and peat.
  4. Care for Cuttings: Place the cuttings in a bright, indirect light location and keep the medium moist but not waterlogged. Roots should develop in a few weeks.

Seeds: If you don’t mind some variability in the offspring, you can also propagate Osteospermum from seeds. Sprinkle fresh seeds on top of a planting medium in late fall. Ensure they receive ample light to germinate but keep them cool. Transplant the seedlings into individual pots when they are about 3 inches tall and move them outdoors after the last frost in spring.

Pests and Problems

Pests: The primary pests that may affect Osteospermum ‘Bright Lights™ Pink’ are thrips. These tiny insects feed on the flowers’ pollen and can damage buds and new growth. Beneficial insects in the garden often help control thrip populations, but insecticidal soap can be used if necessary.

Diseases: This variety is relatively disease-resistant. However, it can be susceptible to botrytis (grey mold) in humid conditions. To prevent this, ensure good air circulation around the plants and allow the soil to dry out between waterings.


Osteospermum ‘Bright Lights™ Pink’ is a stunning and versatile addition to any garden. Its vibrant pink flowers, long blooming season, and ease of care make it a favorite among gardeners. Whether used in containers, borders, or mass plantings, this African Daisy will provide a radiant display of color from spring to fall. With proper care and attention, you can enjoy the beauty and resilience of Osteospermum ‘Bright Lights™ Pink’ in your garden for many seasons.

Osteospermum 'Bright Lights™ Pink'
Osteospermum ‘Bright Lights™ Pink’

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