A native of Europe and the Mediterranean region.
The present garden forms with double flowers originated
from the wild daisy of our meadows. The leaves
are strap-shaped, widening towards the end, and
form a basal tuft. The flowers are freely borne
on six-inch stems and attain a diameter up to
two inches, varying in colour from white to shades
of pink and red.
An old favourite is the Hen and Chickens Daisy,
so called from its curious habit of producing
secondary and smaller flowers from the scales
when the main flowers are fully developed. This
old-fashioned plant is seen to best effect when
massed in generous batches of one colour. “Rob
Roy” is a brilliant red form.
They are of the simplest culture, requiring a
good normal garden soil, well drained and exposed
to the sun or in partial shade, and planting may
be carried out in late summer or in February or
Propagation is effected by division of selected
forms in spring or from seed.
The flowering season is in spring and early summer.
See Also Daisy