We seem to be selling a bunch of perennial daisies around here at the cactus store this year.
How did a cactus store come to sell so many daisies, you may ask? I tells you there’s a reason for it. It may have to do with the fact that they are often low water and easy to grow here in Berkeley and perennial so they come back every year and rebloom – no need to plant new flowers every spring. Or it may have to do with the fact that cactus flowers only last a few days and people like longer lasting flowers to fit between their occasional ly flowering cactuses too.
Or maybe they just like them.
Did I mention they’re all in the Asteraceae (Aster) Family? Also known as the Sunflower Family? And they all have disk flowers?
Asteriscus maritimus is a Canary Islands native known as the Gold Coin Daisy.
Aster frikartii “Monch” is a hardy Aster hybrid. Lovely colors.
Erigeron glaucus is the classic favorite California Coastal Seaside Daisy.
Erigeron glaucus “W.R.” is a smaller more lavender cultivar. That disk has a lot of colors in it right now.
Leucanthemum “Aglaia” is a frilled Shasta Daisy. Large flowers on tall stalks.
So now you know why a cactus nursery has daisy flowers.