Discover 40+ different flowers that look like daisies; however, each has a unique touch of beauty and requires diverse care.
From hardy perennial plants to easy-to-grow annuals, there is an array of flowers that almost look like daisies. Whether you’re exploring garden beds, containers, or wildflower meadows, the world of plants with daisy-like flowers offers a diverse and delightful range of options.
What are Daisy Flowers (English daisies)?
Daisy flowers belong to the botanical family Asteraceae, one of the largest plant families, encompassing over 32,000 plant species within the daisy family, including flowers like chamomiles, asters, daisies, zinnias or sunflowers.
Among these, the common daisies or English daisies, scientifically known as Bellis perennis, take center stage when people think of daisies. This daisy species typically have distinct flat-faced flowers with a bright yellow centre surrounded by white petals.
Within this group, the common European daisy, scientifically identified as Bellis perennis, stands out in people’s minds when daisies are mentioned. Bellis perennis has typical flat-faced flowers with a vibrant yellow center encircled by white petals. In addition, European daisies have simple, lobed leaves that form a basal rosette at the base of the plant. The leaves are often toothed or serrated along the edges.
Daisy serves as springtime ambassador, symbolizing rebirth and renewal associated with the season.
List of daisy-like blooms
In this ultimate collection, you’ll encounter a diverse array of plants primarily sourced from the Daisy family (Asteraceae). So, don’t be surprised if you come across some with the name “daisy” as a part of their common names.
These flowers exhibit daisy-like qualities in their petal arrangement, central disc, or overall appearance. They often appear in floral nail designs.
1. Arctotis (African Daisy)
Arctotis, also known as the African Daisy, is a hardy flowering plant native to South Africa, captivating with its daisy-like petals and distinctive dark centers. It generally blooms from late spring to fall and closes its petals at night, adding a delightful touch to gardens. Thriving in full sunlight and well-draining soil, this drought-tolerant plant is perfect for warm, sunny conditions, demanding minimal maintenance.
2. Asters (Aster spp.)
Derived from the Greek word for “star,” Asters earn their name from their star-like shape. They are also known as ‘starworts’ due to their distinctive form, with ‘wort’ highlighting their medicinal and culinary uses. Asters bloom late in the season, making them the official birth flower for September. The flowers boast a sun-like yellow center with petals radiating like rays, available in hues of white, pink, purple, blue, and red. Beyond their aesthetic charm, Asters carry various symbolisms and historical significance.
3. Autumn Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)
Belonging to the Asteraceae family, this erect perennial stands 2-5 ft. tall and is adorned with elongated leaves and numerous flower heads. Blooming in late summer or fall, it adds vibrant hues to gardens. The common name, Sneezeweed, refers to the historical use of its dried leaves in making snuff, inducing sneezing to ward off evil spirits. The genus is thought to have been named by Linnaeus for Helen of Troy. The legend says that the flowers grew from the tears of Helen of Troy. A captivating addition, Autumn Sneezeweed combines botanical beauty with intriguing folklore.
4. Beach Aster (Erigeron glaucus)
These colorful flowers, commonly known as seaside fleabane, beach aster, or seaside daisy, belong to the Asteraceae family, with heights ranging from 5 to 40 centimeters (2 to 15+1⁄2 inches). Uniquely succulent for their genus, Erigeron glaucus thrives along the West Coast of Oregon and California. The centers have golden yellow disc florets, and the edges have about 100 ray florets, which can be long or short, in shades from deep blue and purple to almost white.
5. Black-Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia spp.)
Black-eyed Susan, also known as Rudbeckia, is a timeless perennial flower with vibrant yellow petals, sometimes gold or bronze, and striking dark brown centers. This easy to grow showy flower attracts butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Blooming in late summer, this North American wildflower adds colors to late-summer and autumn gardens, serving as both a charming cut flower and a seed source that attracts birds like finches.
6. Blanket Flower (Gaillardia x Grandiflora)
Gaillardia, or blanket flower, is a simple-to-cultivate, short-lived perennial featuring cheerful flowers. It creates a gradually spreading mound, possibly earning its common name from the way it can slowly “blanket” an area. Reaching about 24 inches in height with a 20-inch spread, these fast-growers can bloom in the second year if grown from seed. Nursery-purchased plants are usually ready to bloom in your garden.
7. Baby Sun Rose (Apteryx spp.)
Baby Sun Rose, or Aptenia Cordifolia, belongs to the Aizoaceae family, which includes around 1800 large flowering plant species native to South Africa. The name “Apten” from Greek means wingless, and “cordi” from Latin, combined with “folium,” translates to heart leaf. Also known as Heartleaf Ice Plant, Red Aptenia, and Aptenia Cordifolia Variegata, this plant emits a gentle, flowery fragrance resembling rose, citrus, and a hint of vanilla—ideal for a baby’s nursery. Baby Sun Rose is a resilient succulent with red flowers blooms, thriving in neglected conditions.
8. Butter Daisies (Melampodium divaricatum)
Butter Daisy, or Melampodium, is a low-maintenance summer annual with cheerful yellow daisy flowers that bloom from May until frost, creating a lovely contrast with its bright green leaves. This easy-to-grow plant thrives in well-drained soil and full sun, and once established, it’s quite drought-tolerant, needing water only when it gets very dry. Watch out for powdery mildew by ensuring proper spacing and good airflow. This annual adds a burst of color without much fuss.
9. Chocolate Daisy (Berlandiera lyrata)
The Chocolate Daisy, also called chocolate flower, is a velvety-leaved perennial about 1-2 ft. tall. Its gray-green leaves have a chocolate scent. The plant has short leafy branches and longer branches with bright yellow flower heads and a maroon center, blooming in the morning and drooping in the heat. Afterward, cup-like seedheads appear attractive. The name honors Jean-Louis Berlandier, a French-Swiss physician and plant collector. Plucking the rays gives off a chocolate odor.
10. Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum)
Silphium laciniatum, commonly known as the compass plant, is a flowering species in the Asteraceae family native to North America. The name “compass plant” is derived from the compass orientation of its leaves, which align north and south with upper and lower surfaces facing east and west. This tap-rooted perennial herb boasts rough-haired stems that typically reach one to three meters in height. The head contains 27 to 38 bright yellow petals and many yellow disc florets.
11. Cooper’s Ice Plant (Delosperma cooperi)
Another flower that resembles daisy is Delosperma cooperi, commonly known as Cooper’s Hardy Ice Plant. It is adorned with vibrant magenta-pink flowers throughout the summer, creating a visually stunning ground cover. This succulent plant thrives, forming a low mat of foliage that bursts into bloom. Grow best in dry climates; it appreciates summer irrigation for optimal growth and flowering. To ensure winter resilience, use gravel mulch to keep the branches and crown of the plant dry. Delosperma cooperi is an excellent choice for those seeking easy care and colorful ground cover.
12. Tickseed Grandiflora (Coreopsis grandiflora)
Consider coreopsis plants if you seek a low-maintenance, drought-tolerant, and long-blooming flower to adorn beds or line borders. With over 80 varieties, coreopsis complements any garden design. While not heavily scented, these vibrant, daisy-like flowers boast an anise-like aroma in their foliage. Native to North America, they grow in upright clumps, gracing gardens with continuous blooms throughout the summer. These flowers, which share a resemblance to daisies, are an ideal choice for a variety of landscapes.
13. Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus)
Cosmos flowers, with their vibrant petals, look like they’re dancing in the wind. Originally from Mexico, Spanish explorers brought them to Europe in the 16th century.
These flowers come in various colors, from white to pink, red, orange, yellow, and even a deep reddish-brown.
As October’s birth flowers, cosmos flowers symbolize order and harmony.
14. Crown Daisy (Glebionis coronaria)
Formerly known as Chrysanthemum coronarium, Crown Daisy is a flowering plant in the Asteraceae family. Unlike traditional daisies, it’s not primarily grown for ornamental purposes but for its edibility. Both the bittersweet, peppery leaves and the flowers are edible, with the greens being the main culinary focus. Whether enjoyed fresh in salads or cooked as greens, Crown Daisy offers a unique culinary experience. For those growing it for its edible leaves, the best seasons are spring and fall, especially in warmer climates, as summer heat can intensify the bitter taste of the leaves.
15. Perennial Cupid’s Dart ‘Alba’ (Catananche caerulea)
A prolific perennial, Cupid’s Dart ‘Alba’ (Catananche caerulea) delights with tall wiry stems bearing white flowers adorned with deep purple centers and papery silver bracts from late spring to late summer. Versatile for fresh or dried use, it’s a stunning addition to arrangements. Sow early with bottom heat for optimal growth and for continued vigor and flower quality. Consider replacing plants after the second year.
Since the flowers close at night, wait until they’re fully open before picking.
16. Daisy Bush (Olearia phlogopappa)
Cultivated from the daisy bush, Dusty Daisy Bush’ Spring Bling’ earns its name from the dazzling springtime floral display, resembling a jewelry showcase with its profusion of unique white flower clusters. This evergreen shrub is beloved for its eye-catching white blooms, bringing an elegant charm to any garden setting.
17. Annual Dyer’s Tickseed (Coreopsis tinctoria)
This fast-growing annual plant stands upright with lance-shaped leaves, reaching a height of 1m by season’s end. From summer into early autumn, it showcases daisy-like flowers with yellow petals and striking red centers on branching stems. These beautiful flowers provide nectar and pollen for bees and various pollinating insects. An excellent choice for both garden and wildflower settings.
18. False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides)
The false sunflower, also known as oxeye sunflower, is a resilient herbaceous perennial that effortlessly naturalizes in grasslands and woodland edges. Its botanical name, Heliopsis helianthoides, hints at its sunflower-like appearance (Helios being the Greek sun god). Though similar in looks, it’s distinct from the perennial sunflower, earning the common name false sunflower.
Best started in spring or fall, these plants grow quickly, although they might not bloom in the first year. Characterized by upright clumps, triangular leaves, and branching stems, false sunflowers develop a bushy habit. Their double or single daisy-like orange flowers encircle a cone-shaped, golden-brown center disk.
19. Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)
Feverfew is a charming perennial with small, daisy-like flowers and fern-like leaves. It’s known for its medicinal uses and bright, white blooms.
20. Firewheel (Gaillardia pulchella)
Firewheel, also known as Indian blanket, is a easy to grow annual flowering plant native to north America.
These look like daisies thrive in full sun and well-draining soil and are relatively easy to care for. With low water requirements, it favors well-drained soil. Commonly found in prairies, roadsides, and meadows, there’s every reason to incorporate it into garden beds, as a container plant, or as a border in dry, sunny locations. Its vibrant flowers also make a beloved nectar source for butterflies.
21. Florist’s Cineraria (Pericallis × hybrida)
Cineraria is a hybrid perennial with daisy-like flowers, originally from the Canary Islands. Grown as an annual or houseplant, it comes in various colors and blooms from winter to spring.
These types of flowers prefer fertile, well-drained, and consistently moist soil in partial shade. Often grown as a florist plant for Christmas to Easter blooms, it needs bright light and humidity indoors. However, it’s tricky to make it bloom again, so it’s usually discarded after flowering.
22. Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis arvensis)
Field Forget-Me-Not, or Myosotis arvensis, is a plant with soft, upright stems reaching about 40 centimeters. Its charming daisy-like blue flowers bloom from April to October. The plant’s leaves are soft and hairy, forming a rosette at the base. This plant is commonly found in open, well-drained areas throughout the British Isles.
23. Garden Mum (Chrysanthemum spp.)
These hardy plants, part of the daisy family, bring vibrant beauty to the autumn garden. Flowering during summer, they’re a resilient choice. Pinch them back to delay bloom, ensuring a burst of color after most summer flowers have faded. Fast growers, these mums usually bloom in their first season.
24. Gazania (Gazania spp.)
Gazania is a drought-tolerant perennial herb with a shallow-rooted rhizome system, reaching an average height of 30cm. This plant is native to South Africa and showcases daisy-like appearance in orange, red, yellow, and purple hues. Its dark green-silver leaves are long, thin, and very hairy underneath, forming tufts that create a thick mat. Gazanias bloom from June to December and are commonly found in disturbed areas like roadsides and coastal dunes.
25. Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii) – one of the flowers that resemble a daisy
Gerbera daisies, native to South Africa and belonging to the Aster family, are known for their vivid colors that might make you question their reality. These daisies result from hybridization techniques, which are tender perennials in most parts of the United States, with flowers and large ray-like petals around a center disk of tiny green or black flowers. Best planted in spring after frost risks have passed, you can grow them from seed in containers or garden beds, blooming throughout the summer.
26. German Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)
One of the oldest medicinal flowers resembling daisies, chamomiles were primarily used to heal wounds and alleviate skin conditions like rashes and eczema. The name “chamomile” comes from two Greek words:”Khamai” Meaning “on the ground,” and “melon”Meaning “apple,” due to its apple-like scent.
27. Grass Daisy (Brachyscome graminea)
Commonly known as Grass Daisy, Brachyscome graminea is a perennial herb endemic to Australia and a member of the Asteraceae family. This species, which features mostly mauve-pink or purple daisy-like flowers with a yellow center, was formally described by Ferdinand Von Mueller in 1858. The word “graminea” originates from Latin, meaning “grassy,” and describes the herb’s characteristics.
28. Hilton Daisy (Gerbera autantiaca)
Gerbera aurantiaca, known as the Hilton daisy, is a charismatic species admired for its spectacular red flowers. Although the typical color of Hilton daisies is red, the plant produces blooms ranging from yellow through orange to bright red and deep scarlet. Notably, the Hilton daisy is an endangered species, with only 15 viable populations.
29. Indian Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum indicum)
Chrysanthemum indicum, commonly known as Indian chrysanthemum, is a flowering plant within the family Asteraceae and genus Chrysanthemum. Typically blooming from August to October, it thrives when grown outside under sunlight with moist soil. Known for its yellow daisy-like flowers with yellow pollen, this plant is well-suited for various soil types.
30. Leopard’s Bane (Doronicum spp.)
Leopard’s bane stands out as an exceptional perennial for two reasons. Unlike bulbs, it is among the first perennials to bloom in the spring, and it thrives in shady conditions. The plant graces gardens in late spring with cheerful yellow daisy-like flowers that bloom for several weeks. Following the bloom and the arrival of summer heat, most varieties of leopard’s bane retreat into the soil, going dormant until the following spring. Some may reemerge in the fall, providing a second bloom under ideal conditions.
31. Marguerite Daisy (Argyranthemum spp.)
Marguerite daisies are bushy flowering plants recognized for their fern-like, aromatic foliage and showy, daisy-like flowers in various hues of white, yellow or pink. They are cultivated worldwide as potted and garden plants with high decorative value. Marguerite daisies are perennial or annual or varieties depending on the climate, with numerous hybrids available.
32. Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera)
Also known as Upright Prairie Coneflower, Mexican Hat features distinct drooping, cone-shaped centers surrounded by drooping petals, creating a hat-like appearance.
33. Dill Daisy (Argyranthemum foeniculaceum)
Resembling dill, Dill daisies are native to North Africa and the Canary Islands, thriving on dry cliffs and in rock crevices. While they are perennial in their natural habitat, they are often grown as annuals in other areas. With both male and female organs, these types of daisies attract insects for pollination. They adapt to various conditions, flourishing in dry and moist locations but struggling in high humidity. These drought-tolerant plants prefer full sun and blossom beautifully above their leaves, forming a charming carpet of white blooms.
34. Ox-Eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)- the most often mistaken daisy like flower
As a small perennial, the Oxeye Daisy stands out as the largest native member in the daisy family. Its basal leaves, often likened to spoons, grow from the lowest part of the stem. The flowers boast white petals encircling a vibrant yellow center, forming solitary heads approximately three to five centimeters wide.
35. Pot Marigold (Calendula officinalis)
Marigolds, scientifically known as Calendula officinalis, are cherished annuals renowned for their vibrant and easily cultivated flowers. Thriving in average, moderately fertile, well-drained soils under full sun, these blooms can also tolerate some shade during hot summers. However, excessive shade might lead to legginess. Beyond their ornamental value, Pot Marigold possess medicinal properties. I have used them to make a healing oil, tincture, salve, or shampoo bar.
36. Poached Egg Flower (Limnanthes douglasii)
The Limnanthes douglasii, commonly known as the Poached Egg Plant, boasts captivating bright white and yellow cup-shaped flowers resembling poached eggs. This plant is an excellent ground cover, especially along paths, and proves beneficial in vegetable gardens by attracting diverse pollinators and insect predators. For optimal growth, cultivate Limnanthes douglasii in well-drained soil with a preference for moist conditions and under the full embrace of sunlight.
37. Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum superbum)
Shasta Daisies, beloved for their timeless charm in perennial borders and floral arrangements, are available in single and double-flowered cultivars.
These hardy plants thrive in average to dry, well-drained garden soil, basking in the glory of full sun to partial shade. Whether gracing the perennial border, containers, cutting garden, or cottage garden, Shasta Daisies look great and add a touch of classic elegance.
38. Sunflower’ Lemon Queen’ (Helianthus spp.)
Known for its robust growth, ‘Lemon Queen’ is a perennial sunflower that can reach up to 2 meters in height. It features coarse, dark green foliage and produces large, light yellow flowers, each with a 5cm-wide bloom of pale yellow ray florets surrounding a dark yellow central disk. Blooming abundantly from July to September, it’s an excellent choice for the back of sunny borders and makes stunning cut flowers. For optimal results, sow seeds in individual 10cm pots with moist seed compost in April to May. Once germinated, remove the cling film, water regularly, and transplant into larger pots before moving outdoors after the frost risk has passed.
39. Painted daisies (Tanacetum coccineum)
The painted daisy is a captivating annual flower formerly known as Chrysanthemum coccineum. It behaves as a perennial in most parts of the United States. Exhibiting the classic daisy structure, it stands 2 to 3 feet tall, showcasing a vibrant burst of color with a central disk surrounded by a circle of petals.
40. Profusion White (Zinnia spp.)
The Profusion White Zinnia, a cultivar from the daisy family, combines Augustifolia and Elegans zinnia varieties. This cultivar boasts easy maintenance and weather conditions, with tiny white flowers with a yellow center. In addition, this zinnia attracts birds and butterflies and has won several notable awards. As an annual plant, it’s effortlessly grown in gardens or containers and is a beautiful cut flower.
41. Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Tall stem with many flowers that are purple or pink, purple cornflower adds a striking vertical element to gardens. Cornflower blooms in late spring and early summer.
Echinacea is a well-known perennial herb with many medicinal benefits, of which the most known is immunity support and protection against colds and other minor infections. I like to brew it into an immune-boosting tea or turn it into a tincture