Information on the Daisy Flower

Overview

Daisies have many different cultivars, but the white, ray-like flower with the yellow center that many call "daisy" is the Shasta daisy. It is a perennial from the Asteraceae-Compositae (aster-daisy) Family.

Name

"Daisy" is from the Anglo-Saxon "daes eage," meaning "day's eye." Daisies are supposed to mean innocence in the language of flowers.

Creation

Shasta daisies were created by American plant breeder Luther Burbank. Burbank, who died in 1926, also created a blight-resistant potato during the Irish potato famine.

Description

The daisy plant gets 2 to 3 feet tall with white flowers that are 2 to 5 inches across. The strap-like leaves are 8 to 12 inches long and dark green.

Growth

Plant the daisies in full sun or partial shade with average water. They can tolerate wet soil in warm weather but die in wet soil in cold weather.

Propagation

Daisies are propagated via seed but will not flower the first year. Propagation via division in winter or spring is another option.

References

  • Daisy Facts
  • Shasta Daisy
Keywords: daisy, flowers, gardening, perennials

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Tina Samuels has been a full-time freelance writer for more than 10 years, concentrating on health and gardening topics, and a writer for 20 years. She has written for "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living," and "Mature Years," as well as online content. She has one book, “A Georgia Native Plant Guide,” offered through Mercer University; others are in development.