Osteospermum moniliferum produces attractive green, yellow, orange, red and eventually black spherical fruits, following on the yellow flowering phase. The drupes are fleshy and edible. They were an important food item to the Khoi people in the distant past. The plant produces many fruits as can be seen in the photo, of much interest to the hungry who assist in seed dispersal. Today it is mainly birds and children who eat them.
The plants are robust and hardy. They have a large distribution in the south and west of the country as well as northwards into tropical Africa (Van Wyk & Gericke, 2000; Manning, 2007).