The name of Osteospermum monilifera used to be Chrysanthemoides monilifera. The plant is commonly known as tickberry or in Afrikaans bietou. This name was derived from the original Khoi one.
O. moniliferum is a perennial semi-succulent shrub that grows to 1,5 m. It grows in variable habitat, notably strandveld and fynbos in the Western Cape, but also in summer rainfall areas of southern Africa. The plant is robust and easy to grow; it may invade. The yellow daisy flowers appear in autumn and winter, sometimes lasting until early spring.
It is said that the early colonists in the Cape used the ash of this plant in making soap (Manning, 2007; Van Wyk and Gericke, 2000).