What Are the Different Types of Daisy Flowers?

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What Are the Different Types of Daisy Flowers?
Daisies have many different plants in the Aster/Daisy family. (daisy image by Susan Hurds from Fotolia.com)

Daisy flowers are from the Aster/Daisy family of plants. They are typically ray-flower variety blooms. Daisies are a favourite type of flower, and those who enjoy planting them have a wide variety of colours, sizes and fragrances from which to choose. Before planting your own daisy garden-themed plot, check the soil requirements to make sure it will work with the soil you're using.

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Chocolate Daisy

Berlandiera lyrata, or the Chocolate daisy, grows 1 to 2 feet tall with coarse leaves that are green-grey in colour. It has a chocolate aroma. Yellow ray-flowers are 2 inches wide with cuplike seed heads. Blooms appear April through November. Plant a chocolate daisy in sun or partial shade with moist soil. It has a high deer resistance. Propagate via seed.

Dahlberg Daisy

Thymophylla tenuiloba, or the Dahlberg daisy, is an annual that grows 6 to 12 inches tall. Small yellow ray-flowers adorn lemony-smelling leaves. Plant this daisy in full sun with a well-drained sandy soil. It tolerates drought. Propagate by seed.

Butter Daisy

Melampodium divaricatum, or the butter daisy, is a fast-growing, easy-to-grow annual. It blooms profusely with yellow ray-flowers approximately 1 inch wide. Leaves are bright green in colour. Plant a butter daisy in well-drained soil with full sun conditions. It is a proficient self-seeder for propagation.

Cutleaf Daisy

Engelmannia peristenia, or the cutleaf daisy, grows 2 feet high with yellow ray-flowers. Flowers bloom on terminal clusters from March through July. Leaves are toothed and clumping. Plant a cutleaf daisy in sun with dry loamy or clay soils. It tolerates both heat and drought. Propagate by seed.

Blackfoot Daisy

Melampodium leucanthum, or the blackfoot daisy, grows 6 to 12 inches high and 12 to 24 inches wide with white ray-flowers. Flowers smell like honey and bloom March through November. Plant a blackfoot daisy in sun or partial shade with dry acidic soil. Propagate by seed. It will attract butterflies to the landscape.

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