Daisy-like FlowersTuesday, February 23, 2010
I wish that I could have more of these pretty and cheerful blooms in my garden. They are just spectacular!
Gomphrena was the champion amongst the many seeds that I have sown earlier. But Mexican Sunflower is the shinning star! The intense orange colour is just amazing.
My first flower bloomed in an unusual way. The disk-florets in the centre opened while the petal-like orange ray florets were still rolled up. Then I learnt that daisies are made up of two types of flowers - disk florets in the centre and petal-like florets at the periphery. Together, they give the appearance of being a single flower known as capitulum.
Mexican Sunflower is native to Central American and Mexico. During hot sunny days the plant can collapse like the pic below.
But after watering, the plant will look good again. So, it requires a bit of attention on the watering. Or maybe I wasn't using a container deep enough. Nevertheless, overall it is quite an easy plant to start from seed.
The other plant that I have in my garden that looks like a large daisy is African Daisy (Gerbera). She is just as pretty! The flower can last for more than a week even when under the hot sun.
African Daisy is native to South Africa.
Both plants are of the aster, daisy or sunflower family: Asteraceae/Compositae.