How to Identify Daisies

Updated August 16, 2017

Daisy flowers (Asteraceaeare) are used frequently in flower arrangements and come in all kinds of varieties, from the striking orange transvaal daisy to the lavender swan river daisy. Daisy flower types include annuals, which complete the growth cycle from seed to flower in one growing season, to perennials that come back for many growing seasons. You can encounter daisies in the outdoors because they are commonly found throughout most of the United States. Know how to identify daisies by spotting their key traits.

Look at the shape of the daisy petals. Many daisy species have 20 or more slender, ovate petals that surround a bright yellow centre.

Inspect the plant to see how the flowers grow. A daisy flower grows on an erect, single stem that often reaches between 6 inches to 12 inches in height.

Write down the time of year that you see the blossoms to help pinpoint the variety. The shasta daisy, for example, blooms in July to August, while the panamint daisy appears in April to June.

Look at the colour of the petals. Shades like white, yellow, purple and orange are common for daisies.

Watch for any insects that the daisy flowers attract. For instance, the Michaelmas daisy is generally found in butterfly gardens because the blooms are attractive to butterflies. In addition to the pollination that these insects provide, daisies also reproduce when their seeds fall to the ground and germinate during the next growing season.

Look for daisy flowers in areas that receive full sun and have well-drained soil. Waterlogged areas promote diseases in daisies.


Take a picture of your daisy flower and bring it to a nearby garden centre to ask for help with identifying your blossom.

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Brandy Alexander has been writing professionally since 2001. She is a glass artist with a Web design and technical writing background. Alexander runs her own art-glass business and has been a contributor to "Glass Line Magazine" as well as various online publications.