The term "daisy" encompassed a broad range or ornamentals carrying the typical daisy style flower. This page will be a place to collect information and links on this group, particularly the perennial forms, many of which are semi-shrubs.

Online Information

Please note that some plant varieties referred to in links might not be available in Australia, or may be known here under a different name.
For sunflowers, zinnias, gaillardia see Annuals and bedding plants page.

More Online Information

Argyranthemum (Marguerite Daisy)

Argyranthemum frutescens Missouri Botanical Garden
Argyranthemum frutescens Kentucky Garden Flowers, University of Kentucky
Argyranthemum frutescens Missouri Botanical Garden
Marguerite Daisies for Auckland (Argyranthemum) Auckland Botanic Gardens (PDF)


Dahlias in Canberra Horticultural Society of Canberra
Dahlia Culture Oregon State University
Dahlia imperialis The Florez Nursery blog, NSW
Plant Profile: Tree dahlia Dahlia imperialis
Dahlia imperialis The Florez Nursery blog, NSW


go to the Gaillardia page


Gazania Gazania frebsiana subsp. serrulata. Kruger National Park - South Africa Safari and Lodging Guide
Gazania rigens (L.) Gaertn. var. leucolaena (DC.) Roessler South African National Biodiversity Institute
Gazania krebsiana Less. South African National Biodiversity Institute


go to the Gerberas page


go to the Helichrysum page


Asters - Stars of the Show in Fall Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Durable Asters Keep it Going into Fall Colorado State University
Asteraceae, Aster/Michaelmas Daisy Washington State University Clark County Extension
Frikart's Aster Aster x frikartii. Cornell University
Aster, New England Aster novi-angliae. Cornell University
New York Aster, (tall varieties) Michaelmas Daisy. Aster novi-belgi tall varieties. Cornell University


Pinch Your Mums Purdue University
Mum's the Word: Longwood Grows Mammoth Mum Longwood Gardens, Philadelphia


African Daisy (Osteospermum) Washington State University
African daisies give outstanding flowers (Osteospermum) Mississippi State University, USA
Osteospermum Osteospermum


Melampodium provides a rock-solid performance Mississippi State University
Melampodium divaricatum Missouri Botanical Garden
Medallion Flower Melampodium paludosum. University of Illinois Extension


Rudbeckia 'Herbstsonne' UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research, University of British Columbia, Canada

Shasta Daisy

How Luther Burbank Made the Shasta Daisy Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, California
Shasta Daisy Chrysanthemum maximum. Texas A&M University
Leucanthemum x superbum Ohio State University
Leucanthemum X superbum Flowers of India


Sunflowers Washington State University Clark County Extension
Sunflowers for Summer Fun Purdue University
Sunflowers for Sunny Places University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The secret of van Gogh's sunflowers
The sunflowers painted by van Gogh have a proliferation of yellow petals and a reduced central disc compared to common sunflowers which typically have a only single whorl of yellow "ray florets". A mutant gene creating a double-flowered inflorescence has been identified. A double varieties screened have the same mutation, suggesting this is the indeed the one responsible for the blooms van Gogh painted. Similar varieties are popular today as ornamentals and cut flowers. Source: UGA scientists reveal genetic mutation depicted in van Gogh's sunflower paintings (March 2012)

Goondiwindi students sunflower champions
Goondiwindi State High School have won the annual Sunflower Competition withan entry weighing 1.837kg. More information atThe University of Queensland website: Goondiwindi growers top the scales (May 2010)


go to the Zinnias page


Australian Daisies Australian Plants Society, Central Coast Group, NSW
Growing paper daisies Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney
Argyranthemum. Salisbury, Brisbane. September 2013

Trim Argyranthemum when flowering has finished. Try taking some cuttings from the prunings to have replacements ready when the parent plants get past their best. (September 2012, Sunnybank Hills, Brisbane)


Gazania (Brisbane September 2013)





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