Annuals, Perennials, Flowers
This species is among the most elegant and sophisticated of daisies. Clump of tongueshaped, lobed, 10-in.-long leaves sends up slim yet sturdy stems to 1 1/2 ft. high, each bearing one slender- petaled, 4–5-in. daisy. Colors are pure, unshaded, and glowing; include cream through yellow to coral, orange, flame, and red. Basic flower has single ring of rays surrounding prominent central disk. Many strains are sold, including dwarf types only 7 in. tall.
As perennial in Zones 8, 9, 12-24, H1, and H2, it can bloom any time of year, with peaks in early summer and late fall. Beyond hardiness range, treat as summer annual. In Zones 12 and 13, best as winter annual (may last longer during a cool spring). Needs organically enriched soil with excellent drainage (if soil drains poorly, grow in raised bed). Plant 2 ft. apart; to avoid rot, keep root crown slightly above soil level. Protect from snails and slugs. Water deeply and let soil become nearly dry before watering again. For best flowering, fertilize monthly. Divide (in late winter) only when clump is crowded and flowering declines. When cutting blooms for arrangements, slit the bottom inch of the stem before placing in water.