Thursday, 21 June 2012

Zone 3 Flowers: White Daisies

Description: Daisies belong to the daisy family of Compositae, now known as Asteraceae in flowering plants. Daisies are native to north and central Europe. The origin of the word Daisy is the Anglo Saxon “daes eage” which literally mean “day’s eye”. It was called this because daisies open at dawn as the day just starts to begin.

Hardy: Zone 3

Bloom Time: Late spring - end of summer

Height:  5''- 4 feet (depending on variety)

Spacing: 1 foot

Sun Needs: Full sun - part shade

Water Needs: Average (but does well even if it is neglected. If they are sad they will drop, water them and they often perk back up!)

Outstanding Features: Attracts bees & butterflies.

Uses: Flower gardens, mass planting, cut flowers.

Tips: As they spread and become dense, you can divide them every three or four years. This will cause them to produce bigger blooms. If you don't do this, they will become overcrowded and the blooms will decrease in size. After division, plant the extra plants in a new bed. Dead head spent flowers.

Some other types of Daisies:
Some of the varieties of Daisies are the white Daisy-like flowers, the Spanish Daisy, Blue Daisy, Lazy Daisy or Prairie Daisy, African Daisy, Michaelmas Daisy, Swan River Daisy, Tatarian Daisy, Painted Daisy, Paris Daisy, Shasta Daisy, Crown-Daisy, Ox-eye Daisy, Nippon Oxeye Daisy, Giant Daisy, African Daisy, Kingfisher Daisy, Sunshine Daisy, Gerbera Daisy, Transvaal Daisy or Barberton Daisy, Tahoka Daisy, Livingstone Daisy, Gloriosa Daisy, Dahlberg Daisy and Butter Daisy. 

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