The name ‘Daisy’ is said to have been derived from an Anglo- Saxon term, which quite literally translates to ‘days eye.’ The modest Daisy was referred to as a ‘days eye’ because of the way the flower petals curled inwards during darkness and then, spread out wide at the first sight of the sun in the morning.

Native to Europe, Africa, and North America, the Daisy is now a typical feature on every continent except for Antarctica. The common Daisy has multiplied so rapidly in the United States that it is now considered to be an invasive weed.

Fortunately, while most people are familiar with the common Daisy, there are actually numerous types of this plant available, many of which make lovely features in homes and gardens, and some are even cultivated for medicinal purposes. The Daisy belongs to the family Asteraceae, which boasts thousands of different species. The only plant family bigger than the Asteraceae family is the Orchidaceae, to which the orchid belongs. Covering every variety of Daisy would be a mammoth task, but if you are interested in finding out more about some of the most popular Daisy species, we have rounded up a list of the most popular.

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Arctotis Daisies

This is a genus of daisies that encompasses over 60 species of flowering perennials. Daisies in this genus are native to dry regions of Southern Africa and are therefore more commonly known as African Daisies. They have typical daisy-shaped flowers, but exist in an array of colors, including orange, yellow, and brown. These daisies are now naturalized in the United States, where many hybrid varieties have been cultivated with an even larger range of color options. Unusually, some species of African Daisies do not have stems, the flower appearing directly among the foliage on the base of the plant.

Some of the Daisy types found in this genus are:

1. Arctotis acaulis

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This African-originated perennial groundcover is recognized for its large orange, yellow, pink or red flowers with dark centers surrounded by an orange ring. It enjoys full sun, doesn’t require much water and often blooms from spring to summer. Spreading low on the ground under 1 foot tall, arctotis acaulis can spread 2-3 feet, making it a great plant to cover large areas.

2. Arctotis grandis

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Also known as blue-eyed daisy, this plant is a rare daisy type originated from South African. As the name suggests, it has a stunning bluish dark center highlighted by an yellow outer string and white petals. The flowers bloom profusely in the summer. The grandis Arctotis can cover three inches or more with bloom growing up to 2″.

3. Arctotis aspera

Commonly known as the Rough Daisy, this sturdy perennial hails from the belt of natural woodland, shrubland, and forest running through the Western and Eastern Capes of South Africa, known as the Fynbos ecoregion. Once mature, this plant can survive on very little water. It has a spreading habit, typically covering ground 3 to 4 feet across and growing up to 8 feet tall. The flowers have a usual Daisy look about them, with yellow centers and white or purple outer petals that are darker on the underside.

4. Arctotis revoluta

Known more commonly as the Curly Leaf Arctotis, this virulent shrub grows with vigor in almost any habitat. It is unfussy with regards to soil type and will grow well in rocky or sandy areas, gardens, as well as in coastal regions. When planted this, Daisy will need to be watered consistently, but once established, it needs very little water. Both the disc florets and ray florets are a vibrant yellow, while the foliage presents an interesting shape in which the leaves roll underneath themselves around the edges. This is where the plant gets its scientific name from, as ‘revoluta’ translates to ‘rolled backward.’

This plant will need to be replaced every four to five years to prevent it from getting too woody. It can be propagated easily from stem cuttings and makes the excellent ground cover in a garden as it spreads rapidly.

Bellis Daisies

This genus of daisies incorporates the English Daisy, Bellis perennis, which is also referred to as the common Daisy or lawn Daisy. This is the typical Daisy from which children make Daisy chains, with vibrant yellow and surrounding white petals. The Bellis genus is fairly small, with twelve species of daisies, all of which resemble the familiar common Daisy in terms of shape and style. Daisies in this genus range between 2 and 8 inches tall, with a single flower on an erect stem.

Some of the species found in this genus are:

5. English daisy

The English daisy, or Bellis Bellis Perennis is a popular daisy easily found in the lawns, hence also called the ‘lawn daisy’. This low-growing plants enjoy cool season, and shady locations. So it often and bloom in mild weather, often in from April to June grown outdoors, or early in the spring when grown indoors. It has a variety of flower colors, including blue, white, pink and red

6. Bellis annua

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As the name suggests, this is an annual Daisy. It is the only annual Daisy in the Bellis genus, with all others being perennial. It has much in common with the common Daisy, including its coloring and its medicinal properties. The main thing that distinguishes this annual Daisy from the common Daisy in terms of its appearance is the size of the flower. Annual Daisy flowers tend to be smaller, with a diameter of around 12mm.

7. Bellis cordifolia

This species is native to Africa, though is now most typically found in Spain. It is now endemic in the Los Alcornocales Natural Park, though numbers of this Daisy are dwindling due to wildfires, the demands of livestock and the plant’s low seed production. The plant, unfortunately, does not have legal protection, though measures are in place in Spain to help secure the plant’s survival. Appearance wise, this Daisy is very similar to the Bellis sylvestris, with white and yellow flowers on tall, erect stems, and large downy foliage at the base.

Argyranthemum Daisies

This genus of daisies is made up of a colorful array of species, all of which are the result of hybrid cultivars. They have become popular in gardens due to their vibrant flowers which bloom in shades of pink, yellow, blue, and white. This genus of daisies is also popular with bees.

Some of the species found in this genus are:

8. Argyranthemum frutescens

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Commonly known as the Marguerite Daisy, this pretty flowering plant is native to the Spanish Canary Islands, though it has been naturalized in the United States and Italy. To thrive, this perennial shrub needs plenty of sunlight, well-draining soil full of organic matter, and a warm temperature. It will not tolerate strong wind or below freezing temperatures and must be protected from these to survive. It flowers during spring and summer, with blooms in shades of white, yellow, and pink.

9. Argyranthemum foeniculaceum

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Commonly referred to as the Royal Haze or the Canary Island Marguerite, this species is native to the Canary Islands but is now naturalized in Australia and the US. It is a compact shrub that can be identified from its striking blue-green foliage. Flowers are of a typical Daisy appearance, measuring around one inch across.

Monoptilon Daisies

Native to the United States, this small genus of daisies are found across the southwest desert, in their largest numbers in the Mojave Desert. Flowering towards the end of winter, these plants are well equipped to thrive in dry and vast open habitats.

The two species found in this genus are:

10. Monoptilon bellidiforme

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Commonly known as the Small Desert Star, this flowering plant has stalks so short that the flowers can appear as if they are at ground level. The small flowers are yellow and white, with the ray florets being just 5 or 6mm long. The dainty leaves give a cute look to the plant, at a maximum of 1 cm long. Growing in typical sandy desert habitats, this plant thrives in dry climates.

11. Monoptilon bellioides

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Despite being commonly known as the Mojave Desert Star, this annual herb is found in both the Mojave Desert and the Sonoran Deserts, while the Monoptilon bellidiforme is found primarily in the Mojave. Native to Mexico, as well as Arizona, California, and Nevada in the United States, this plant is sometimes difficult to distinguish from the very similar looking Small Desert Star. The key differences are that the Mojave Desert Star tends to have a marginally bigger flower, and its stems are a purple-red color, unlike the Small Desert Star, which has yellow-green stems. The disc florets are yellow, while the ray florets are white, sometimes tinged with pink.

Chrysanthemum Daisies

The first Chrysanthemums, found in China, were a golden yellow, and this is how the genus got its name. ‘Chrysos’ translates from Greek to ‘golden,’ while ‘anthemom’ means ‘flower.’ They are alleged to have healing properties and have been used in herbal medicine to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Known as the oldest medicinal material in China, Chrysanthemums have been linked to slowing down the process of aging and also as an aid for inflammation of the eye.

Some of the species found in this genus are:

12. Chrysanthemum indicum

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Commonly called the Indian Chrysanthemum, this flowering plant grows up to 24 inches tall and blooms throughout summer to early fall. The flowers are typically yellow, though they can also be white. The immature foliage of this plant can be used to make tea, while the flowers are sometimes pickled in vinegar.

13. Chrysanthemum morifolium

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It’s not hard to see why this Chrysanthemum is known as the Florist’s Daisy. It boasts strikingly beautiful blooms that are popularly used for bouquets of cut flowers. This variety tends to have double-layered flowers, which give a very full pom-pom like appearance, blooming when the day has less than 14 hours of sunlight. Growing up to 35 inches in height, this perennial features flowers on upright stems and foliage that can span up to 5 inches long. Known for its excellent air-filtering properties, this species is also enormously popular as a houseplant.

Townsendia Daisies

This genus of daisies was named after David Townsend by William Jackson Hooker, who discovered them in 1833. David Townsend was local to Chester County in Pennsylvania and was a devoted amateur botanist who sent Hooker a large variety of plants from the region. The genus comprises of 25 species, all of which are native to North America.

Some of the species found in this genus are:

14. Townsendia florifer

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Featuring a typical Daisy-style flower, this biennial wildflower can be found across the USA from the east of the Cascade to the east of Idaho, and southwest of Montana. This low-growing plant can spread to 16 cm and has lots of flower heads with white or pink petals and a golden-ring center.

15. Townsendia incana

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The Latin ‘incana’ translates to ‘hoary,’ which describes a white webbing effect. This is a reference to the white hairs on the stems of this plant, which are so prominent it makes the stems and foliage appear almost silver in color. More commonly known as an Easter Daisy or Silvery Townsendia, this plant is very attractive. The flowers sit on stems at an equal level with the foliage, given a full and almost bouquet style look. The plant typically features a high proportion of flowers for its size, making it a very cheerful-looking species.

Osteospermum Daisies

These daisies are native to Africa, but due to their popularity, they can now be found in numerous regions around the world. Known more commonly as Daisy Bushes, this genus of plants are perennials. They are commonly mistaken for Dimorphotheca, or some people think the two types of plant are one and the same. Although physically, they are difficult to differentiate, the Dimorphotheca are annual plants.

Some of the species found in this genus are:

16. Osteospermum ecklonis

With yellow and white or purple flowers which are rich in pollen, this plant is known to attract bees. The underside of the white petals is tinged with blue, while the foliage is green. This perennial grows best in an area sheltered from the wind. It thrives in full sun and requires well-draining soil. It is not frost-tolerant, so in colder regions, it will need to be kept in a portable pot and be overwintered inside, or alternatively, you can treat it as an annual. The flowers bloom for most of the summer, in July and August. It can grow quite large, up to around four feet in height and three feet in width.

17. Osteospermum jucundum

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Commonly referred to as the Delightful African Daisy, this plant is one of the most popular in the Osteospermum genus. It has large daisy style flowers in a pink-purple color, with dark centers. The gray-green foliage is pleasantly scented. The plant will thrive in full sun and requires a moderately moist, well-draining soil. Propagation of this plant can be achieved through stem cuttings taken in spring or fall.

Gerbera Daisies

This genus of daisies is one of the most commonly known around the world. They are cultivated for use in bridal displays, cut flower bouquets, and as houseplants. These flowers were named after Traugott Gerber, a German doctor and botanist who studied plants around Europe. Many hybrids have been developed to create a vast array of colors and styles, and typically these have been cultivated from two of the most popular Gerbera species, detailed below.

Some of the species found in this genus are:

18. Gerbera jamesonii

Commonly known as the Transvaal Daisy or the Barberton Daisy, this perennial plant produces flowers in shades of red, pink, orange, and yellow. Though its flowers do bear a resemblance to what most people typically expect Daisies to look like, it is probably among the least Daisy-looking plant of all the daisies and is easily distinguishable as its own species.

The Gerbera jamesonii is named after Robert Jameson, who first described the plant in 1889 after collecting species during a trip to the Barberton district five years earlier. Almost all commercially grown varieties of Gerbera stem from the initial crossing of the Gerbera jamesonii and Gerbera viridifolia, and considering that it has become one of the most popular ornamental plants in the world, these varieties are economically significant.

19. Gerbera viridifolia

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As a co-parent of the popular hybrid Gerberas commonly found in almost every florist shop around the world, this species is an important Daisy. Native to Africa, this plant is now widespread across the continent, typically appearing in regions that experience a moderate to a high degree of rainfall. Commonly known as the Blushing Barberton Daisy, this plant features flowers ranging from cream in color to variations of lilac and deep purple. This variety grows easily from seed and therefore makes a very rewarding choice of plant to grow in your home or garden. It flowers most profusely in spring but will generally bloom sporadically all year long.

Leucanthemum Daisies

‘Leucanthemum’ translates from Greek to mean ‘white flower.’ Species in this genus can be exceptionally tall, with some stems reaching over six feet tall.

This genus is home to the Shasta Daisy, which is a commonly grown garden perennial and easily the most popular plant in the Leucanthemum genus. Predominantly distributed across Europe, this genus features many hybrids which have been cultivated for use as ornamental plants.

Some of the species found in this genus are:

20. Leucanthemum x superbum

Commonly known as the Shasta Daisy, this is a perfect low-maintenance perennial that offers good space coverage along with pretty summer blooms. It offers a balance between the look of a common Daisy along with foliage, which is green year-round in many climates. Growing this species is easy if you can provide the appropriate conditions. The Shasta Daisy requires well-draining, fertile soil and moderate watering.

They can be grown in both full sun or partial sun locations but will not tolerate overwatering. Keep the soil they grow in topped up with organic matter to help them thrive. These plants don’t last very long, flowering for only a few years in a row. To keep your Shasta Daisies continually appearing, introduce new plants to your garden every year. Aside from deadheading spent flowers, this plant requires very little maintenance. Once flowers have ceased production in late summer or early fall, you can drastically cut foliage back to help encourage growth next year.

21. Leucanthemum vulgare

This species is most commonly known as the Oxeye Daisy but is also sometimes referred to as Dog Daisy or Moon Daisy. It is a pretty grassland perennial, typically growing in meadows, pastures, and wasteland. At around 20 inches tall, the plant is of medium height, with single flowers sprouting from upright stems. Its toothed foliage is quite distinctive, with leaves being larger at the base of the plant, diminishing in size as they get closer to the top of the stem. The Oxeye Daisy prefers well-draining soil, but it will typically grow anywhere that is not soggy. This plant relies solely on seed to regenerate, though seeds can be successfully sown at any time of year. The Oxeye Daisy grows quickly compared to other wildflowers, but it lacks staying power, usually dying off after two or three years.

Echinacea Daisies

These plants feature spiky flower heads from which the genus got its name. ‘Echinacea’ is derived from the Greek word ‘echinos,’ which translates to ‘hedgehog’ or ‘sea urchin,’ referencing the spikes in the center of each flower. More commonly known as Coneflowers, plants in this genus are found only in central and eastern North America. They are drought tolerant, typically growing in woodland and prairies. While some Echinacea varieties are grown specifically for their attractive flowers, some are cultivated for use in alternative medicine. Herbal remedies containing Echinacea are said to help with various ailments, including anxiety, immune system conditions, skin complaints, and inflammation.

Some of the species found in this genus are:

22. Echinacea pallida

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More commonly known as the Pale Purple Coneflower, this plant features charming drooping petals in a shade of pink-purple that give the effect of a draped dancers skirt blowing in the wind. The plant is native to the central United States, commonly found in its largest numbers throughout the Mississippi Valley. It can also be found as far north as New England, Michigan, and Ontario, but this is most likely through introduction.

The flowers are popular with butterflies, and so, should be planted in gardens of anyone who is trying to attract these beautiful pollinators. At around four feet tall, this plant can stand out from the crowd. It should be grown in well-draining soil in a position of full sun. A sheltered spot that is protected from heavy rainfall would be ideal.

23. Echinacea purpurea

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Known as the Purple Coneflower or Eastern Purple Coneflower, this plant is found across much of the United States and some of Canada. In the wild, the cone-shaped heads of the flower are usually purple, though many cultivars and colors of this species exist, some of which have gained recognition by winning the prestigious Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society. Often cultivated for its medicinal uses, this species is economically significant for the pharmaceutical business. All parts of this plant reportedly stimulate a person’s immune system, and so, it is found in many herbal remedies and other medicines.

Sources:

PlantZ Africa

Southwest Colorado Wild Flowers

Royal Horticultural Society

BBC Gardeners World Magazine

Medical News Today

Gardenia

The Old Farmers Almanac

Garden Design Magazine

Better Homes and Gardens

Eight essential border daisies

Daises are a familiar sight in the summer garden.

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The daisy family (Asteraceae) is huge and contains over 22,750 species, including asters, dahlias, rudbeckias and echinaceas.

Thriving in a host of conditions, from boggy sites to arid mountainsides, there are daisies to suit every garden. Whichever one you choose, it should be easy to grow.

Discover eight daises to brighten up your borders, below.

Helenium ‘Waldtraut’ is an autumn stalwart, with velvety brown or golden door-knob centres.

Dahlia ‘Magenta Star’

Single dahlias are much more useful to pollinators than the more flamboyant double cultivars. Dahlia ‘Magenta Star’ has deep magenta pink flowers and attractive, dark foliage. Discover 10 single dahlias to grow.

Pink Dahlia ‘Magenta Star’ blooms

Symphyotrichum ‘Little Carlow’

The profuse flowers of Symphyotrichum ‘Little Carlow’ are so numerous that they almost look like one giant flower head. Reliable and trouble-free, this aster blooms from late summer.

Pale-blue aster ‘Little Carlow’

Chrysanthemum ‘Aunt Millicent’

Chrysanthemums are a popular branch of the daisy family. They’re free flowering and easy to grow from cuttings – just follow the same procedure as for dahlias. ‘Aunt Millicent’ has silvery pink flowers and grows into a dome shape.

Silvery-pink flowers of Chrysanthemum ‘Aunt Millicent’

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’

Don’t be fooled by the dainty flowers of the perennial sunflower, ‘Lemon Queen’ – it can grow to an impressive 2m in height. A ‘must-have’ plant for colour late in the season. Bees love the flowers too.

Pale-yellow flowers of sunflower ‘Lemon Queen’

Rudbeckia ‘Little Gold Star’

Bright and bouncy, rudbeckias seldom play second fiddle to other border plants. ‘Little Gold Star’ is a compact variety that flowers well into autumn. Discover more rudbeckia varieties.

Orange-gold blooms of Rudbeckia ‘Little Gold Star’

Helenium ‘Waldtraut’

Helenium ‘Waldtraut’ is an autumn stalwart, with velvety brown or golden door-knob centres above an undulating tutu skirt. Discover more heleniums to grow.

Fiery orange blooms of Helenium ‘Waldtraut’

Echinacea ‘Art’s Pride’

Echinacea ‘Art’s Pride’ is one of the rich array of new echinacea hybrids in sunny shades. Its large two-tone flowers open from early summer. It enjoys light, sandy soil. Read about echinaceas to grow.

Pink-orange flowers of Echinacea ‘Art’s Pride’

Cosmos atrosanguineus

Famed for its vanilla and chocolate-scented blooms, chocolate cosmos has deep red-brown flowers. It’s tender, so dig it up and store indoors over winter, just like dahlias, to which it’s related. Discover more cosmos varieties.

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Ways to use border daisies

  • Late summer container display
  • In ‘hot’ borders
  • Rudbeckia, crocosmia and penstemon pot
  • In summer pot displays
  • Dahlia and cosmos container
  • In tropical container displays

If you like perennials with daisy-like flowers, you will love the yellow bush daisy or Euryops pectinatus. This African native is a Florida-Friendly Landscaping recommended plant due to its hardiness and low-maintenance. You will adore this easy-to-care-for plant!

The yellow bush daisy (Euryops pectinatus) is very similar to Gamolepis chrysanthemoides or African Bush Daisy, but has replaced it due to superior flowering and compact growth. The yellow bush daisy is hardy in our area and does best in full-sun locations. The dark-green feathery, fern-like foliage makes an excellent backdrop for the bright yellow flowers. These plants flower year-round and can grow 2-feet tall and 3-feet wide over time making it a mid-sized groundcover of sorts. The yellow bush daisy is an excellent choice for mass planting with individual plants set at 24-inch intervals. In addition to mass planting, consider the bush daisy as a stand-alone specimen in rock gardens, in borders, as a container plant or to line foundations. Bush daisies are also known to attract butterflies and other pollinators.

Select a full sun sight for planting in average, but well-drained soil. Water to establish these perennials, and then as needed. A 2- to 3-inch mulch will help retain moisture and allow this drought-tolerant plant to thrive. The bush daisy can sometimes develop yellow foliage due to lack of iron in our alkaline soils. You can correct this with a chelated iron foliar nutrient spray being careful as this material will stain concrete and stonework.

While bush daisies technically can flower year-round, cold weather and freezes may damage some of the foliage and reduce the flowering during the winter. Any damaged/dead foliage can be pruned out in the spring and re-sprouting will occur fairly rapidly. Bush daisies propagate easily by seed — you may even find that seeds have dropped and sprouted around the mother plant as volunteers.

Yellow bush daisies are readily available at all local garden centers. A pot or two of yellow bush daisies makes a nice gift for both your favorite gardener and yourself.

For more information on all types of flowering perennials suitable for our area, please call our Master Gardener volunteers on the Plant Lifeline on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 941-764-4340 for gardening help and insight into their role as an extension volunteer. Don’t forget to visit our other County Plant Clinics in the area. Please check this link for a complete list of site locations, dates and times — http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/ charlottecofiles/2018/03/Plant-Clinics-Schedule.pdf.

Felicia amelloides

There are many uses for this felicia in the garden. It makes a good rockery plant or can be placed in a herbaceous border with other perennials or a mixture of annuals and perennials. It could form the front of a shrub border or be used in a large window box or planter. It can be planted singly and left free to form a low bush. Alternatively, a line of plants can make a low, informal hedge or it can be clipped to make an unusual formal one.

The place should preferably be sunny but it will flower if planted as a groundcover in light shade under trees or in small beds making a blue collar around tree trunks. It needs a light, sandy or gravelly soil with good drainage and much compost if possible. Give a dressing of fertilizer for flowering plants (with ratio of N:P:K = 3:1:5) or a general fertilizer (ratio of 2:3:2) and mix some super phosphate into the soil. Water it regularly, but moderately, especially during the dry season.

Propagate by seed or cuttings in spring (August and September). The latter method is quicker and the resultant plants should flower in about a year.

For cuttings (A. Eissell pers. comm.), select nonflowering stems and cut them just below a node. Strip off most leaves and side shoots, leaving a couple of upper ones. Place the stems in damp sand or a 1:1 mixture of fine pine bark or small polystyrene balls and sand. Cover them with a plastic bag or clear, cold drink bottle to help keep them moist. Removal of a small, vertical strip of skin will improve water absorption. Shorten the time for rooting by using rooting powder but take care not to use too much as it can burn the stems. Dip dry stems in the powder and tap off any excess before putting them in sand.

Established plants often self-seed easily so seedlings may be found nearby or at quite a distance. These can be transplanted to a new position.

Once established, this felicia is quick growing and can look good for many years. When young, it can be made to bush well if the main shoots are pinched out. Light pruning during the summer will encourage more crops of flowers. To improve appearance, cut off the many old flowers. After about three years, it may need to be cut back if it gets straggly. If it becomes frost-damaged, it will usually resprout and flower a little later than usual. The same holds for plants that survive trampling and excavations by lizard-hunting dogs! It does not seem to suffer from pests very much, making it even more carefree for the gardener.

There are many possible indigenous companion plants, with roughly similar cultivation needs. The choice will depend on the colour scheme, position of planting, plant availability and type of plants wanted – perennials or a mixture including annuals. Check flowering times to get flowers throughout the year. It would be wise, too, to use plants suited to the local rainfall pattern, although this is not essential. In a sunny place, the selection could include Geranium incanum (carpet geranium), Hemizygia transvaalensis (pink salvia), Nylandtia spinosa (tortoise berry), Pelargonium crispum (crispy-leaved pelargonium) or P. reniforme (kidney-leaved pelargonium) and Scabiosa africana (pincushion). In semishade one could use Crassula multicava (fairy crassula), Hypoestes aristata (ribbon bush) and Veltheimia bracteata (bush lily). This felicia could make an effective base for Strelitzia reginae (crane flower) in semishade or sun.

A lovely contrast can be achieved by mixing plants with different leaf types. The blue felicia bush goes well with bulbs like Agapanthus, Bulbine frutescens (stalked bulbine), Eucomis autumnalis (pineapple flower), Hypoxis hemerocallidea (star flower or African potato) and Watsonia. Another type of contrast, much used in the Pretoria NBG, is the inclusion of grey or whitish-leaved plants among the green ones. They have a cooling effect and look good in all seasons. (They are mostly from dryer areas, so one would have to watch the amount of water or have very good drainage.) Examples are Gazania rigens (trailing gazania), Helichrysum argyrophyllum (everlasting), H. splendidum ( Cape gold) and Ursinia sericea (lace-leaf ursinia). The darker leaved Euryops pectinatus (grey euryops) would also give an interesting contrast. It flowers mostly in winter.

A grouping of various daisies is also attractive and friendly looking. Plants such as Cotula spp. (= Cenia ), Dimorphotheca ecklonis (blue-and-white daisy bush = Osteospermum ecklonis ), D. jucunda ( bergbitou = O. jucundum ), Gerbera jamesonii ( Barberton daisy), Pentzia grandiflora (matricaria) and Phaenocoma prolifera ( Cape everlasting) could be planted together. Although they are not true daisies, species of Lampranthus (vygies) could also be used as the flowers look like daisies and the leaves make a good contrast. Interplanting with annuals would allow one to make regular changes to a bed. Suggested annuals are Arctotis fastuosa ( bittergousblom ), A. acaulis (bushy arctotis), Dimorphotheca pluvialis (white Namaqualand daisy), D. sinuata ( Namaqualand daisies), Felicia elongata (tricolour felicia) and Ceratotheca triloba (wild foxglove), although the last might get rather tall. Lastly, one could make a ‘blue’ bed by using flowers like dwarf agapanthus, Anchusa capensis (forget-me-not) and Merwilla plumbea (blue squill).

There’s no better way to make a garden pop than by introducing a bold splash of blue.

Blue salvia planted with yellow daisies for contrast.

Whether your color scheme is pinks and reds, yellows and oranges, or an eclectic mix, the addition of blue – at random or as a focal point – wakes up a garden.

The plants listed are all native to the US and do exceptionally well in their appropriate regions. This means less watering and maintenance for you, and better habitat for animals like birds, bees, and butterflies.

And now, for some true-blue flowers that are sure to delight!

Tone It Up with a Touch of Blue

The native plants we’re about to discuss are not on the USDA’s Federal Noxious Weeds List, ensuring that they are environmentally advantageous additions to home gardens.

They’re listed by their common names, with Latin names in parentheses.

Those listed as perennials may behave as annuals in states with colder climates, re-sowing themselves by dropping seed, as opposed to overwintering in a dormant phase.

A Note on Natives, Wildflowers, and Cultivars

When we talk about native plants, it’s easy to get confused.

A US native flower is one that originates in one or more of our states. Where we find it growing in the wild, we call it a wildflower. It may be an annual that reseeds itself, or a perennial that comes up every year.

When we take this flower and grow it successfully in other regions, we are able to assign a hardiness zone to this native plant. In these other zones, we may call it a wildflower – but it may or may not need our help to thrive.

The following flowering plants are all native to a particular region of the US, where they grow in the wild. They may also be cultivated outside their native regions as either annuals or perennials, depending upon the temperature.

In addition, plant breeders develop new hybrids and cultivars every day. So, as you shop for these exquisite flowers, look for the Latin names, common names, and the words “native” and “blue” to get the best version of each plant for your area.

Choose plants that not only appeal to you, but that are appropriate for your locale.

If you don’t already know your hardiness zone, use the USDA’s Plant Hardiness Zone Map to find it. Use this information as a guide in choosing varieties that will thrive in your region.

And here they are: eleven outstanding native flowers that vary in color from light blue to deep indigo.

1. Common Hepatica (Hepatica americana)

The common hepatica is known by various names, including blue anemone, liverleaf, and mayflower.

Common hepatica

Common Hepatica is native to the southeastern US.

It’s a charming wildflower that grows close to the ground in woodsy settings, where there is partial shade and rich, well-drained soil.

It’s an herbaceous plant, with stems, leaves, and flowers that die at the end of the growing season. It’s also a hardy plant, whose roots lie dormant beneath the soil throughout the winter.

Plant Facts:

  • 6 inches tall
  • Blooms in early spring
  • Blue, white, or pink
  • Easy to grow
  • Medium moisture, rich, well-drained soil
  • Occasionally fragrant
  • Part shade
  • Perennial
  • Zones 3 to 8

Where to Get It?

Most home improvement stores should carry it in the wildflower area of their seed displays.

2. Colorado Blue Columbine (Aquilegia caerulea)

Colorado blue columbine is a wildflower native to the Colorado Rocky Mountain region that thrives in moist, well-drained soil.

This hardy herbaceous perennial does best in the sun or partial shade of cooler climates. It is the Colorado state flower, and a protected species.

Colorado blue columbine

Colorado blue columbine may succumb to the heat of areas with hot summers after just a few years, usually because the soil isn’t moist enough. However, it self-propagates by scattering seeds that grow into new plants, much like an annual.

  • 2 to 3 feet tall
  • Blooms in late spring
  • Blue with white
  • Full sun to part shade
  • Moderately challenging to grow
  • Moist, well-drained soil
  • Perennial
  • Unscented
  • Zones 3 to 8

Grab a packet of 50 seeds from Seed USA via Amazon.

3. Virginia Dayflower (Commelina virginica)

This three-petaled wildflower has clusters of flowers at the end of each stem that open in the morning and close at noon, lasting one day only.

It is a hardy herbaceous perennial commonly found in moist ground in the eastern US. It has a long growing season ranging from late spring to late summer.

Virginia dayflower

Sometimes reaching three feet in height, Virginia dayflower self-sows as it drops spent blossoms.

Trimming leggy or withering foliage helps to maintain shape and promote blooming.

Given room, the rhizome root system of this plant may spread extensively.

  • 1 to 3 feet
  • Blue
  • Easy to grow
  • Late spring to late summer
  • Moist soil like that of wetlands and river banks
  • Perennial
  • Full sun or shade
  • Unscented
  • Zones 5 to 10

You can find packets of 200 seeds from Roundstone Native Seed on Amazon.

4. Narrowleaf Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium)

This plant is not a true grass, but a member of the iris family, native to the eastern US.

Known also as Bermuda blue-eyed grass as well as Lucerne, it makes a sweeping meadow of blue, with clumps of slender green leaves, each sporting one flower per stem.

It’s an herbaceous perennial that’s perfect as a border plant, and hardy in its appropriate zones.

Narrowleaf blue-eyed grass

Give common blue-eyed grass room to roam, dividing clumps to thin as needed over the years. It likes moist soil and good drainage, and tolerates some shade.

  • 1 to 2 feet
  • Easy to grow
  • Late spring to early summer
  • Perennial
  • Rich, moist soil
  • Sun
  • Unscented
  • Violet blue
  • Zones 4 to 9

It’s available from one of our favorite plant nurseries, Nature Hills. .

5. Northern Blue Flag Iris (Iris versicolor)

The northern blue flag iris is native to the eastern US.

This herbaceous perennial loves to have wet feet, and thrives in marshes and pond borders. It’s a wildflower that grows in clumps with two-foot stems topped by showy blossoms.

Northern blue flag iris

The blue flag is a hardy plant that requires shallow planting, with a bit of thick rhizome root showing. It needs space between plants for air circulation to inhibit rotting, a common iris problem.

Note: This plant is toxic. Handling the rhizomes may cause skin irritation, so wear gloves.

  • 2 to 3 feet tall
  • Violet blue
  • Early summer
  • Moderately challenging
  • Wear gloves to handle rhizomes
  • Perennial
  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Unscented
  • Wet soil like wetlands and river banks
  • Zones 3 to 6

You can find potted bulbs at Nature Hills Nursery.

6. Bluehead Gilia (Gilia capitata)

Known also as globe gilia and Queen Anne’s Thimble, this bushy, multi-branching annual is native to the western US, and may be planted in all US zones.

Its light blue pom-pom flowers and dense foliage make a refreshing statement in rock gardens.

Bluehead gilia

This annual wildflower is a member of the phlox family with the ability to reseed itself, coming up year after year like a perennial.

It’s drought tolerant, making it a good candidate for xeriscaping. Bluehead gilia is not particular about soil condition, and self-sows.

  • Annual
  • Average to dry well-drained soil
  • Easy to grow
  • Full sun to part shade
  • Late spring to early summer
  • Lavender blue
  • Scented
  • Up to one foot tall
  • Zones 3 to 10

Where to get it?

A package of 600 seeds by Seed Needs is available on Amazon.

7. Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis)

Blue false indigo is a large, clumping perennial, native to the eastern US, that looks great at the back of a border.

It has small violet-blue blossoms in clusters called racemes, which are elongated like that of the larkspur or delphinium.

Blue false indigo

It is a majestic wildflower with deep roots that shares space companionably with neighboring plants.

Give it time to establish, and you’ll have a stunning landscape scheme. Divide roots during dormant periods to thin plants.

Note: Toxic.

  • 2 to 4 feet
  • Blue violet
  • Easy to grow
  • Early summer
  • Perennial
  • Sun to part shade
  • Unscented
  • Medium moisture, any soil
  • Zones 3 to 10

We recommend sourcing it from Nature Hills Nursery.

8. Mealy Cup Sage (Salvia farinacea (Lamiaceae))

This drought-tolerant wildflower is a hardy herbaceous perennial native to the soils of the south-central US, including Texas and Oklahoma. In colder climates, it grows exceptionally well as an annual.

Blue salvia

Blue sage grows tall in full sun, often stretching its flower-laden stalks to four feet. When deadheaded, it blooms intermittently throughout its long growing season.

  • Average soil
  • Easy to grow
  • Full sun
  • Low moisture
  • Perennial in warmer areas, annual in cooler
  • Scented
  • Spring to autumn
  • Up to 3 feet tall
  • Violet blue
  • Zones 3 to 10

Nature Hills Nursery stocks a superior strain called “Salvia Evolution” and you can find it on their website.

9. Texas Bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis)

The official state flower of Texas, the Texas bluebonnet is a native that glories in dry soil and abundant sunshine.

To see a field of them waving in the breeze is nothing short of breathtaking.

Texas bluebonnet

Reaching three feet in height, this herbaceous annual is a member of the lupine family. It’s topped by clusters of cobalt flowers with white tips.

Texas bluebonnet forms an intricate rhizome root system that may benefit from soil treated with a rhizobium, to inhibit damaging bacteria.

Note: Toxic.

  • 1 to 3 feet tall
  • Cobalt blue with white
  • Full sun
  • Low moisture, well-drained soil
  • Consider adding rhizobium
  • Moderately challenging to grow
  • Perennial in warmer areas, annual in cooler
  • Scented
  • Spring
  • Zone 3 to 8

The easiest place to find it is from Outsidepride via Amazon.

10. Bottle Gentian (Gentiana andrewsii)

Native to the northeastern US, the bottle gentian is an herbaceous perennial with a unique bud-like blossom that doesn’t open as most flowers do.

That’s why it has another name: the closed gentian.

Bottle gentian

This wildflower is relatively easy to grow. Keep in mind that while it likes moist soil, it doesn’t like to be water-logged.

It may reach two feet in height, and does best with neighboring plants or stakes to lend support.
Protect tender seedlings from foraging animals, and then stand back and watch this beauty bloom until the first frost.

  • 1 to 2 feet
  • Late summer to autumn
  • Blue
  • Easy to grow
  • Moist, not soggy; any soil
  • Perennial
  • Full sun to part shade
  • Unscented
  • Zones 3 to 6

Get a packet of 200 seeds affordably from Seedville USA via Amazon.

11. Wasatch Penstemon (Penstemon cyananthus)

This native of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains is a hardy herbaceous perennial that thrives in sandy soil with little water.

Known also as Wasatch beardtongue, this wildflower is a biennial, so be patient.

Wasatch penstemon

In two years, you’ll have 18-inch spikes with dense clusters of bright blue tubular blossoms that are sure to be the envy of your neighborhood.

  • 1 to 2 feet
  • Bright blue
  • Dry, sandy, well-drained soil
  • Easy to grow
  • Perennial
  • Spring
  • Full sun
  • Unscented
  • Zones 4 to 8

True Blue in Many a Hue

With 11 options for an eye-popping splash of blue, it’s time to choose your favorites and start shopping!

As you begin to shop, you’ll soon see that there are many plant varieties with similar names. Be sure to look for the Latin names of plants you like, to be sure to get the ones discussed here.

You may find them online, in catalogs, or at nurseries that specialize in native plants.

Blue columbine

Once you have your favorites in hand, read all of the instructions on seed packets and plant tags before you grab your gear bag and get going.

You have several growing options, including starting seeds indoors, potting rhizome plants to force indoors, and planting directly in the garden.

Once you’re underway, keep a garden journal to record milestones like the first sprout, blossom, and insect visitor.

I like to note the date I purchased seeds, rhizomes, and plants, and how much each cost. I also keep a folder full of plant tags and packet instructions to remind me of the important aspects of growing plants, like how to prepare seeds, and which plants may need to be divided down the road.

You’re going to love the impact of native blue flowers on your outdoor living space.

We can’t wait to hear which ones will take center stage in your gardens! Tell us in the comments section below.

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About Nan Schiller

Nan Schiller is a writer with deep roots in the soil of southeastern Pennsylvania. Her background includes landscape and floral design, a BS in business from Villanova University, and a Certificate of Merit in floral design from Longwood Gardens. An advocate of organic gardening with native plants, she’s always got dirt under her nails and freckles on her nose. With wit and hopefully some wisdom, she shares what she’s learned and is always ready to dig into a new project!

What is this plant with purple daisy-like flowers and what hardiness zones will it grow in?

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Daisy-like Flowers In My Garden

I like daisies. I’ve always liked them. But up until this year I couldn’t enjoy their beauty, unless I bought them from the market. Daisies are so lovely! I don’t know why are they so ignored and usually considered wild flowers, not worthy of staying in line with the carnations, imperial lilies, gerbera, roses, or other florist flowers. I’ve never seen daisies at the florists in our country – only at the market – and that says it all!

The daisy’s name comes from an Old English word “daegesege” which means “day’s eye”, referring to their blooming at dawn and closing at dusk. The real daisy is a Chrysanthemum species, also called Oxeye daisy – in Latin, Leucanthemum vulgare. Another daisy species is Pyrethrum or Chrysanthemum cinerariifolium which grows wild on the fields.

I’ve made my garden with the plants and seeds I picked up myself from different places I visited or by exchanging with other gardeners. I always wished I had white daisies growing together with the yellow-red gaillardia and the yellow black-eyed Susan, but I never had the opportunity to find seeds or plants for trade. I was lucky to have pyrethrum growing on the field around my house, as well as helenium and wild asters, so I brought a clump of each in my garden, to replace the real daisies I didn’t have. For the same reason I even let the wild chamomile grow and bloom in my garden, but not for long because it grows too much and takes over. So I only enjoyed the blooms and then pulled it out.

Daisies and all daisy-like flowers are from the Asteraceae family – aster meaning star in Greek, after their flower’s shape. Plants in this family are also commonly referred to as the aster, daisy or sunflower family. Asteraceae family is one of the largest family among the angiosperms (flowering plants). No wonder that so many flowers have the daisy-like shape! Since I like them so much, I managed to find seeds from many daisy-like flowers. From spring to fall, they’re blooming and changing from one month to another, cheering my garden. In May the pot marigolds and gaillardias are starting to bloom for the summer, then the rudbeckias in June, and later, in July, the sunflowers and zinnias.

Starting September, asters are taking over, then the daisy-like mums in October.

April was the only month without daisy-like blooms, but this spring I had it covered because I had lots of real daisies blooming, to my delight. I never used to buy seeds from the store, but I started with the daisy seeds. I sowed the seeds in several spots of my garden last spring and they grew over last summer, then came back after the winter and started to bloom this spring. I still remember a tip from the seed package, “deadhead daisies, otherwise they will take over of your garden”. I did that, but I missed a few which made me understand that warning : daisies are self-sown plants, very invasive, so now I have more little daisies popping out from those missed seeds. Lucky I have many friends who would love to have daisies in their gardens! I already have orders for a few clumps. These beautiful flowers will cheer up more gardens and more people, not only for their beauty, but also for the fun they can bring in people’s life. According to some sources, daisies symbolize innocence and purity, and also new beginnings, “loyal love” or ” I will never tell”. Daisies are also the lovers’ favorite plants for playing the “He loves me, he loves me not” game, by ripping off one petal after another from one daisy flower. According to where it stops – at “he loves me” or at “he loves me not”- he or she finds out whether their lover loves them truly – or not! Almost everytime, if the game stops at “he loves me not” , the lover takes another flower and starts again – I know that very well, I did that too! If you are at the beginning of a new love and are wondering whether your lover loves you or not, this is the way to find out. Just go and find some daisies, then start playing. You’ll love it and it’ll be such fun!

– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteraceae

– http://www.theflowerexpert.com/content/growingflowers/flowersandgeography/daisies

Top 25 Most Beautiful Daisy Flowers Arshi Ahmed Hyderabd040-395603080 January 10, 2020

Daisy flowers are members of Asteraceae family, the largest family of flowering plants. The name daisy comes from ‘day’s eye’, because the flower opens up during the day and closes at night. The uniqueness of daisy flower is that it has no negative meaning attached to it. Daisy flower represents innocence of youth. In Christianity, Daisy flower acts as a symbol of Child Jesus’s innocence. It also represents purity of the heart, mind and soul. Daisy is a classic symbol of beauty and is often depicted in medieval art, literature and poetry for its simple beauty.

Most Beautiful Daisy Flowers

1. Argyranthemum Frutescens Neptune:

By Mark Pellegrini (Own work) , via Wikimedia Commons

Neptune is a vigorous dwarf Marguerite daisy. It’s compact and neat shrub produces numerous white daisies against ferny gray green foliage throughout the growing season. The white flower has a yellow center at the end of stems and is very attractive to butterflies. It’s tiny and furry leaves remain greyish green throughout the season. This hard daisy can even survive sunny rough sloped terrain and cold winters. The flower produces a strong scent when crushed. Regular pruning of this flower will promote its growth and will increase its flowering capacity. It is excellent for cutting and even for garden and containers.

2. Argyranthemum Frutescens Comet White:

Comet White daisy is native to the Canary Island and is grown as a tender perennial. Its shrub produces several yellow centered daisies against the backdrop of silver leaves and velvety foliage. This flower looks best in containers and as a bedding plant. This plant requires occasional maintenance and upkeep, so trim the flower head after they fade or die to encourage more blooms in the next season. It is very attractive to butterflies.

3. Argyranthemum Frutescens Sugar Cheer:

Sugar Cheer is a vivid magenta pink daisy and is one of the most intensely colored daisies in the whole world. This hybrid daisy was bred by Thomas Cunneen in Australia and was introduced by Nulfora International. It is also an award winning hybrid. These double bright pink daisies bloom yearly from late spring till frost. It is a fairly low maintenance flower and is quite easy to grow. It is best grown in sunny position in moist and well-drained soil.

4. Argyranthemum Angelic Dark Pink:

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This lovely variety of daisy flowers is very popular for its beauty and resilience. The plant bearing this flower is about 18 inches tall and is widely used in combination planting. Its blooms are fully double and deep pink in color and bloom early in spring. It has bright green deeply lobed leaves which look amazing in contrast to its pink blooms.

5. Argyranthemum frutescens Comet Pink:

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Comet pink is another amazing variety of daisies. It is a beautiful pink daisy with yellow centers. The flowering decreases in hot weather so it is best planted in fall. It can tolerate both wind and salt spray.

6. Arctotis X Hybrid Flame:

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Flame is a showy South African Daisy. The silvery grey bushes transform into a startling large blooms of vibrant orange color with dark brown circles. The foliage is in form of clumps and its long, mid green leaves are silver on the back. The Royal Horticultural Society has even given Flame the prestigious Award of Garden Merit. It appears from summer till fall. It will look stunning in bed, borders and gardens. Deadhead the flower regularly to encourage a long flowering season.

7. Gardenia Jasminoides Daisy:

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Gardenia is a superb evergreen shrub native to East Asia. The shrub bears waxy, ivory colored flower whose petals strongly resemble windmill blades. Its dense foliage provides an all-round interest. This flower prefers growing in locations that provide full sun and moderately drained soil. It attracts visual attention and is resistant to deer, diseases, mildew and heat.

8. Argyranthemum Frutescens Summer Melody:

Summer Melody is a short lived daisy that stays for only 4 months. Deep rose buds open to reveal pink pompom flowers with dissected grey green leaves. Summer Melody has a tight, bushy habit and an early flowering ability. This daisy requires a sunny spot with fertile, well-drained soil and should be kept well watered. It is a winter hard daisy and is grown mainly in cooler climate regions. This daisy is attractive to birds and butterflies and is resistant to pests.

9. Daisy Snowcap:

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Snowcap daisy is a small variety of Shasta daisy. Its tidy, long blooming qualities are suitable for a sunny garden. Snowcap is a 3 inch bright and beautiful white flower with yellow centers. This flower has dark green foliage which boasts of shiny bright leaves. Snowcap has a pretty long blooming period which you can extend by removing faded flower heads to encourage more blooms. Pair it with yellow daisies like Black eyed Susan to form a great contrast. It is ideal for container planting or for front perennial border.

10. Argyranthemum Frutescens Butterfly:

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Butterfly is one daisy which does not swoon in the summer heat. Butterfly begins to bloom the moment it’s planted and continues till frost. It has a mounded form and is suitable for garden plantation. The flower requires full sun, regular watering and occasional grooming for proper development. The fruits of this shrub are not ornamentally significant. It has deeply cut ferny leaves and less defined foliage which remain fresh throughout the season.

11. Rudbeckia Hirta Denver Daisy:

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Rudbeckia Hirta is a Black eyed Susan and is even the winner of 2010 American Garden Award. It was named to commemorate the city Denver, Colorado’s 150th Anniversary in 2008. It has big, 4 inches flower in deep gold with a dark brown center. At the base of each petal is a dab or two of dark red splashing. It is a short lived perennial and is native to North America. It blooms profusely during summers and has extreme heat tolerance. Rudbeckia will make a fabulous cut flower. This flower grouped together will create an amazing eye catching display.

12. Leucanthemum X Superbum Daisy May:

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May has bright, white overlapping petals with golden centers which form a solid dome of 3 inches in diameter. It also produces a lot of secondary flower buds on side stem branches. It is one of the most showy and reliable perennials. This well-mannered Shasta daisy will bring sunshine to your borders, bouquets and container. So if you are looking for white daisy flowers, do consider this one.

13. Shasta Daisy Banana Cream:

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Banana Cream is a compact shrub which produces long blooming, bright lemon yellow flowers that mature into shades of pastel yellows. Banana cream is technically semi double with an extra layer of petals beneath the first one which adds more depth and color to the display. This flower looks breathtakingly beautiful when it blooms fully and puts up a spectacular show. It will last for 2 weeks or more in a vase. The bloom season begins in late spring and continues through summer. Butterflies play homage to Banana Cream, adding brighter color to display. It has nice compact, dark green foliage with incredibly disease resistant ability.

14. Robinson’s Red Painted Daisy:

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Red painted daisy is a stunning daisy in an intense shade of magenta. It has a vivid, frilly golden center framed with a ray of tightly packed, slender petals. It measures around2 .5 inches and lasts for almost a week. This flower will make a spectacular cut flower and will even stand out like brilliant pinwheels in your garden. This flower is set above the fern like foliage on straight and sturdy stems. It can even thrive in average conditions but performs best in acidic to neutral soil.

15. Lacrosse Shasta Daisy:

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Lacrosse, like many daisies comes in bright white petals with sunny yellow centers. What makes it stand out is its uniquely quilled bloom that flattens out as it matures. The foliage on this flower is compact and very sturdy. This flower looks very stunning in partly shaded garden. It loves sun and blooms during summer every year.

16. Shasta Daisy Aglaya:

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Aglaya daily has crested yellow centers on 3 inches diameter blooms that appears yearly in late spring. This white daisy flowers lasts for 7 months with regular pruning and deadheading. It has even received the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society Award in 1993. Its long and sturdy stem makes it perfect for cut floral arrangement. It requires full sun and well-drained soil to be at its best, though partial shade is recommended in the warmest zones. Its shiny green foliage is resistant to heat, drought and humidity and its serrated narrow leaves remain dark throughout the season.

17. Bellis Perennis Bellisima Red:

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The cultivar Bellisima Red produces small clumps of semi evergreen foliage and bears numerous cushion like daisies in shades of red with yellow eyes. The flower quickly grows to a height and width of 15 cm .It is a cool season daisy that originates from the European Grasslands and forest margins of Turkey. This flower is quite easy to grow, even in temperate summers.

18. Bellis Perennis Bright Carpet Mix:

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Bright Carpet Daisies feature delicate pink button flowers with white overtones. It has an yellow eye and rosy pink tips at the end of stems. It will make a cheerful addition to cottage garden, perennial border edges and meadow planting. Their small and compact size makes them suitable for container planting. This flower thrives in plenty of moisture and partial shade in hot areas.

19. Bellis Perennis Habanera Red:

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Habanera Red is an English daisy which has been long popular for spring breeding in mild winter regions. It features large blooms with white petals with striking red tips which are slightly curled. It is also called “Large quilled doubles” because of its fluffy, thistle down like qualities. The flowers appear atop short leafless stems from late winter to sporadically into mid fall. Remove the faded flowers regularly to keep it well blooming in the summer.

20. Bellis Perennis ‘Habanera Rose:

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Habanera rose is a cute button flower which is light pink in color. It is valued for its large, fully double daisies that have long and distinctly quilled tips. This flower appears from mid spring to summer.

21. Bellis Perennis Pomponette:

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Pomponette is an unusual pompom shaped daisy in pretty shades of pink and white. Its tiny petals make perfect little domes which makes it look very cute. These daisy flowers are perfect for filling beds and adding a splash of color to your garden and window boxes.

22. Gerbera Jamesonii:

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Gerbera Jamesonii is a tender perennial flower native to South Africa. Gerbera Daisy currently ranks as the 5th most popular flowers in the world today. The flowers range in size from 2.5 to 4 inches in diameter. Its coarse leaves are 8 to 10 inches long and are arranged in a rosette, forming low mounds that are 12 inches wide. It grows best in moderate sunny regions. This white flower has very large centers in contrasting color. It grows well even indoors in soil based potting mix, cool ambient temperature and filtered bright light. But you need to take care of so that it does not attract whitefly.

23. Euryops Pectinatus Munchkin:

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Munchkin is a tender broadleaf evergreen shrub which produces bright yellow daisies. The plant has upright stems with fuzzy, gray green leaves which stay green throughout summer. The flowering continues all year round in frost free climate. The flower loses its foliage as it ages, revealing the tan colored stems. This trouble free, floriferous plant is perfect for low maintenance planting and novice gardeners.

24. Bellis Perennis Tasso Deep Rose:

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Tasso Deep Rose is a hot pink pompom like flower. This pretty looking flower is held atop short, upright and leafless stems which rise from its spoon shaped foliage. It is suitable for creating borders and line walkways. The flower should be planted in decent garden soil but never in clay soils.

25. Bellis Perennis Tasso Strawberries and Cream:

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Tasso Strawberries and Cream is a cute double button flower in a stunning blend of soft creamy pink with a deep pink center. The flowers bloom in pink and then fade to white with age creating a spectacular multi tone effect. The plant bearing this flower is very compact with short and strong flower stems that sets the bud uniformly,

Hope you loved having a look at these pictures of daisy flowers. So, start researching wherever you go finding these lovely daisies. Share your comments with us!

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