The name daisy refers to a number of different species in the Aster family, most commonly those with white petals surrounding a dark centre. Petals can also be yellow or pink in colour. Bellis perrenis flowers are sometimes callled pomponettes, as they resemble small red, yellow, white or pink pin-cushions. Daisies are popular during Easter-time for traditional arrangements.
Daisies are all grown in the field. In Australia they are grown close to the capital cities, particularly in Victoria (Dandenong Ranges and Mornington Peninsula) due to its relatively cool climate with low humidity and the hills west of Sydney.
Types: Pinchushions (Bellis), Easter Daisy, Marguerite Daisy
What to look for
- One to two flowers per bunch should be fully open and the rest half-open.
- Round flowers with tightly packed petals.
- Foliage should be firm and green, with no sign of yellowing.
- Keep cool! Never place in full sun.
- Break bunches apart.
- Strip leaves from the bottom half of each stem and wash stems thoroughly.
- Recut at least 2 cm off each stem and place in cold water.
- Use a preservative as this will keep flowers looking fresh.
- Replace vase water with fresh preservative every day.
Interesting Facts about this Flower
Daisies have a long history. Beautiful gold hairpins, each ending in a daisy-like ornament were found when the Minoan palace on the Island of Crete was excavated. They are believed to be more than 4000 years old. Egyptian ceramics are also decorated with daisies. The Assyrians crushed daisies and mixed them with oil to turn grey hair dark again.
Botanical Name: Bellis perrenis, Aster sp, Tanecetum coccineum, Chrysanthemum frutescens.
Common Names: Easter Daisy (Aster sp), Marguerite Daisy (C. frutescens), Pincushions (Bellis sp)
Stem Length: 30 to 60 cm
Country of Origin: Europe
Available Colours: Pink, White, Yellow