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The daisy flower got it's name form 'daeges-eaye', an English term that translates to 'day's eye'. Daisies, with their yellow eyes, open with the sun then close when it goes down. These days-eye blooms are always a favorite with pollinators. They are distinguished by the ray of white petals that surrounds the yellow eye which can be composed of 15 to 30, or even more petals.
There are several flower species belonging to the Asteraceae family, which is also referred to as Compositae. Most of us are familiar with a few daisies.
So what is the difference?
It is a herbaceous wildflower and grows in florets and has short rhizomes. If there is a patch in your lawn it will keep popping up after cutting the grass. Digging up the root is the best way to remove plant.
The above mentioned are the most noted types of daisies. There is one wildflower that is known for survival in dry and rocky soil conditions called the Blackfoot Daisy (Melampodium porteri). Plant is heat and drought tolerant.
Commonly found in the southwest (planting zones 6-10) they are a mounding plant that grows in clumps averaging 6 inches high but can get as high as 1 foot. These grow on rocky surfaces. If placing these in a rock garden it is very important that there be good drainage.
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