• Julia Watson

All Kinds of Daisies


bouquet with daisies
Two white Shasta daisies combine with pink roses and other flowers.

The term ‘daisy’ isn’t one specific flower – to a botanist it’s almost meaningless and to a florist it only means a general form of flower. To a gardener it usually means a flower with white petals in a single layer around a green or yellow center.


In this post I’ll introduce you to a few of the different “daisies” I know. I’ll list them by their scientific names (the genus) and also the common names you might see in the nursery. Notice that some of these aren’t white – I’m including plants with the “daisy” flower shape, meaning a flat disk of ray petals around an open center. They’re all loosely related because they fall into the larger plant family called Asteraceae.


Gerbera aka Gerbera Daisy

One of the most important flowers in commercial floral industry, this one comes in a rainbow of colors. It grows well in temperate zone gardens, but you see it more in supermarket bouquets than in the nursery.



Shasta daisy
Shasta daisy

Leucanthemum aka Shasta Daisy

A beautiful perennial that grows well where I live, in Northern California. Developed by Luther Burbank.



Erigeron aka Fleabane

A small plant that works well as a background or filler plant in the garden. I’m a big fan, as I mentioned in my post called “Small Stuff.”


tidy tips Layia flower
Layis 'Tidy Tips'

Laya aka Tidy Tips

A charming California native. Available from Annie's Annuals and Perennials.



Osteospermum aka African Daisy

So useful in the garden! You’ll see it a lot in temperate gardens; it comes in a few colors including white. It spreads and re-seeds easily but it isn’t really invasive.



white flowers Tanacetum
Tanacetum in our garden

Tanacetum aka Feverfew

I use this plant a lot now that I grow cut flowers for floral work. It’s a tender perennial, lasting a couple of years before it needs to be replaced. I grow it from seed, starting in winter, then I plant the seedlings in the open garden in early February.



Chrysanthemum aka Mum

Only some of this huge group have the “daisy” flower form. I’ve posted about mums before (read that here) because they’re so beautiful, so varied, so useful … did I mention that I’m a big fan of this group??



asters
Asters from Annie's Annuals and Perennials

Aster aka Aster

True asters are pretty, but untidy. They bloom in fall, which makes them valuable for floral work. The photo above is from Annie's Annuals and Perennials.




Bellis aka English Daisy

Not so common here in California because it doesn’t like summer heat, and because it’s often considered a pest and a lawn invader.


I could go on and add a few more to this list, like coneflower and Felicia, but I'll stop and let you all tell me about your favorite daisy.


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