Different Daisy Varieties
Daisies are extremely familiar flowers to most of us and many of us even remember picking daisies as children. And they are one of the flowers that mean love and fondness.
For many of us these flowers mean spring and summer is truly upon us and brings back memories of long warm days spent with family and friends. That is why we still often see daisies popping up in yards and gardens all across the United States.
However, not everyone knows that there are multiple types of daisies to choose from, all of which can add some beauty to your garden, borders, or flower containers.
Here is a look at some of the more interesting daisy varieties to consider planting in your yard.
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#1. English Daisy
The English daisy is the daisy most of us remember from our childhoods. Also known as the “lawn daisy” this flower originated in South Africa, but does well throughout the U.S. This daisy is perennial and grows best in zones 4 through 8.
The English daisy grows to a height between 5 and 12 inches and prefers shady conditions and cooler weather, which is why it tends to bloom April through June.
This flower has found growing conditions in the United States so favorable it grows quickly. However, some people find its rapid reproduction to be a nuance and treat it like a weed.
#2. Annual Townsend Daisy
Like the name suggests the Annual Townsend Daisy is an annual flower that must be replanted yearly. This daisy originated in Texas and grows to be about 6 inches tall.
It has dark green narrow leaves that can grow to be up to an inch long and does well in various desert conditions where it blooms from April through September. This flower does well in zones 3 through 9.
#3. Blue-Eyed African Daisy
This perennial daisy that originated in South Africa can grow to about 2 feet tall. It is known for its blue or gray center surrounded by yellow or white petals.
This lovely flower prefers full sun and warm conditions and therefore tends to close up on cloudy days and at night but it fully opens during warm sunny days.
Harsh winters kill them, but this daisy does well even under dry conditions and less than perfect soil conditions. It grows best in zones 8a through 11.
#4. Barberton Daisy
The Barberton or Gerber daisy is another perennial daisy native to South Africa. It is perennial here in the US in zones 8 through 11 and an annual in other zones.
This daisy does well in partial sunlight where it can grow 2 to 3 feet tall. Colors of this daisy include white, orange and red and pink. Medium moist environments bring out the flowers most vibrant colors.
These daisies have large heads and ray like petals. They may be single flower, semi-double, double, or spider with lobed or pinnate leaves.
#5. Blushing Daisy
The blushing daisy is a hybrid of the Gerber daisy and is also native to South Africa.
This daisy stands 1 to 2 feet tall at maturity and consists of a mauve purple flower with a dark center. It grows well in stony soil or grasslands and loves areas with medium to high rainfall.
The blushing daisy grows best in zones 8 through 11 where it blooms in the springtime and sporadically throughout the year.
#6. Cream African Daisy
Like many other types of daisies, the Cream African daisy is a perennial flower that originated in South Africa.
This daisy has woody gray or green hairs on its stem and white creamy flowers with steal blue eyes and surrounding yellow ring.
It grows best in zones 8a through 11 and blooms in spring and summer preferring sunshine and moist well-drained soil.
#7. Botterblom Marigold Daisy
The Botterblom Marigold daisy is a lovely daisy with yellow flowers and darker gold centers.
The underside of the petals tends to be purplish/brown while the stems are light green. Once picked and put in a vase the color of this daisy will still last several days.
This daisy grows best in zone 9 and will grow to up a foot high. It is a perennial and originates in Namibia and South Africa.
#8. Easter Daisy
The Easter Daisy originated in Nevada and Wyoming and is a short flower standing between 1 and 5 inches high.
This low to the ground flower has short bent reddish brown stems and prefers open exposed locations. The flower heads are large compared to the flowers height.
This flower grows well in zones 3 through 9 and is winter hardy in zones 6 through 9. It can survive temperatures as low as -10 degrees Fahrenheit.
#9. Golden Marguerite Daisy
The Golden Marguerite Daisy is a perennial daisy that originated in Europe and Asia. This flower is known for its golden flowers and deep green stems and leaves.
It also has a nice scent and prefers full sun to light shade and likes dry to medium damp soil.
This daisy will grow anywhere from 1 to 3 feet high and does best in zones 3 to 7.
#10. Namaqua Marigold Daisy
The Namaqua Marigold Daisy sports bright yellow or orange flowers that are extremely attractive to birds.
This flower is native to South Africa and is often found in the wild as its seeds are lightweight and can be carried easily on the breeze.
In the US it is adaptable to summer conditions growing 1 to 2 feet high in zone 8 and is an annual needing to be replanted each year.
#11. Painted Daisy
The painted daisy is so called because its bright colors of Magenta, red, white and yellow are so vibrant they look as those they are painted.
These flowers are attractive to butterflies and are perfect to plant in a butterfly garden where they bloom from summer to fall.
This flower originates in Asia and can grow to be 2 or 3 feet tall in zones 3 through 7.
#12. Renoster Marigold Daisy
The Renoster Marigold Daisy is a perennial flower that originates in South Africa. This is a stemless daisy that comes in a variety of bright colors.
There is gray felt under the leaves. This flower prefers full sun and grows to be 1 foot high. It is best grown in zone 9.
#13. Swan River Daisy
The Swan River daisy is a perennial flower native to Australia. These daisies come in lavender, blue, yellow and white colors and have gray/green foliage. They prefer full sun and moist organic rich soil, but can grow in less than ideal soil.
The Swan River daisy bloom from middle summer to the end of fall and can grow to a height of 1 to 3 feet tall. They can be grown in zones 9 through11.
Final Thoughts on the Different Types of Daisy Flowers
While the daisies listed above are just a few of different types of daisies available, they will give you some insight in just how varied and beautiful a daisy can be planted in your garden or container on your patio or deck.