Originating in the Canary Islands, cheery-looking Argyranthemum frutescens is a bushy, upright perennial prized for its dazzling, daisy-like white, yellow or pink blossoms.
This delightfully fragrant, showy plant is part of the Sunflower, Aster, and Daisy family (Asteraceae (Compositae)) and is known as the Paris daisy, Cobbity daisy, Canary marguerite, Marguerite daisy, and Summer daisy.
Argyranthemum frutescens loves to bask in the sun and is happiest in gardens or borders with full sunlight or minimal shade. It also enjoys planters and does quite well as a cut flower.
Argyranthemum frutescens (Paris daisy, Marguerite daisy) photograph by Forest and Kim Starr.
The Marguerite daisy’s foliage is thick and fern-like, and has a spread of one to three feet (30 to 90 cm) high and wide.
This charming plant is a great wildlife garden plant as it helps to attract butterflies and other pollinators.
Argyranthemum frutescens is low-maintenance and easy to grow. It is not overly picky about the type of soil or pH.
When planted, it should be located in an area that is sheltered from the wind and immersed in full sunlight.
It thrives in moist soil with adequate drainage, and highly nourishing organic substances like compost.
Spreading mulch around the plants will boost water retention and discourage weed growth.
Care must be taken not to inundate when watering Argyranthemum frutescens, since it cannot survive in soggy soils.
Space marguerite daisy at about one to two feet (30 to 60 cm), as they have quite a large spread.
If grown in containers, then they will need a potting mix, rather than garden soil, which is too heavy for proper drainage in a pot.
Every two weeks, feed with a general-purpose fertilizer. It is important to deadhead, or pinch off, wilted blossoms so that the plants are not wasting energy non-floral growth.