Many varieties of daisies and daisy-like flowers exist. True daisies belong to the Asteraceae (aster or daisy) family and the genus Bellis. Other genera of the Asteraceae family also resemble daisies and are often called by that name. Daisies are non-native annual or perennial flowering plants that grow throughout North America.
Also known as lawn daisy, the English daisy (Bellis perennis) has long white petals that surround the flower's bold yellow center. They are easy to grow from seed and thrive in full sun to partial shade and in nutrient-rich soil.
The seeds of this European native germinate in less than a month. Ox-eyed daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum or Leucanthemum vulgare) is also known as common daisy, Marguerite and field daisy. It grows to 2 feet tall, usually forming dense clusters of flowers. These daisies bloom from May through July.
Another hardy perennial daisy-like flower that grows in a dense pattern, the Shasta daisy (Chrysanthemum maximum) grows up to 3 feet in height. These daisies germinate in less than a month and bloom from June through July.
The African daisy (Dimorphotheca aurantiaca) is a daisy-like flower that produces yellow to white daisy flowers that have dark centers. Also known as blue-eye cape marigold and cape marigold, these flowers also germinate in less than 30 days, and they grow to 18 inches tall. African daisies bloom from mid spring through late summer.
This is a bold purple-petal daisy that has a yellow center. Also known as the prairie daisy, Tahoka daisy (Machaeranthera tanacetifolia) is an annual flower native to the Midwestern region of the United States. The flower germinates in less than 45 days and grows to 18 inches in height. Tahoka daisies bloom from late summer through early fall.
The giant daisy (Leucanthemella serotina) gets its name from its large size, growing up to a towering 6 feet tall. This perennial daisy produces white flowers with yellow centers that have a tinge of green. They thrive in full sun and moderately moist soil and are in full bloom from September through October.
Daisy fleabane (Erigeron strigosus) is a native flower that grows in the woods, in fields, in landscapes and along roads. Also known as prairie fleabane and rough fleabane, it forms very small daisy-like flower heads that are less than an inch wide. The flowers have white to pink-tinged flowers with bold yellow centers. Its flowers bloom from June through September.