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Daisies are found all over the world except Antarctica and are known to as Compositae, now known as Asteraceae in flowering plants.  It is believed that the name “daisy” comes from the Old English daes eage", meaning "day's eye".   This is in reference to how the daisy flowers open at dawn.  Daisies belong to one of the largest families of plants in the world.  The plants are called "vascular plants”, make up almost 10% of all flowering plants on Earth, and are some of the most beautiful flowers in the floral world.  The daisy flower is really two flowers in one: disk florets and petal-like white ray florets.

If you find a location with full sun with well drained soil that has been mixed with manure and compost, the daisy will reward you with years of lovely blooms.  Water the plants during dry periods and use a general fertilizer in the plant’s early growth; then once a month afterward.  As soon as the flowers begin to fade, wither, or turn brown, they should be deadheaded to encourage vigorous growth and this provides a longer blooming period. The daisy is versatile, easy to grow, and there is a toughness hidden behind the lovely blooms.  Cut back the stem in the fall, and in colder climates add a thick layer of mulch for protection. 

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