Chrysanthemum coccineum syn. Pyrethrum coccineum (Tanacetum)
It's hard to believe that flowers as bright and lovely as the Painted Daisy are perennial plants as well! The Painted Daisy, also known Pyrethrum daisy, is every bit as easy to grow as common meadow daisies, but are much more beautiful and colorful! The popular painted daisy is prized for its 3 foot tall plants with gorgeous feathery fern-like foliage that are covered with big, cheery flowers in a wonderful array of colors! The fabulous 3-inch bright daisy-like single and semi-double flowers, have yellow-eyed centers surrounded with petals in a variety of shades from pale to hot pink, from rose red to crimson, even violet and white. These versatile blooms are not only pleasant to look at, but they also attract an array of beneficial butterflies, bees and birds to the garden and the long flower stems make this an excellent cut flower as well. The ferny foliage has a strong scent and is attractive well after the blooms are gone. The Painted Daisy blooms from the middle of spring to summer and if you cut off the dead flower heads they will even bloom again in the fall! Pests and the painted daisy plant donï¿½€ï¿½t normally exist in the same area. Growing painted daisies in select areas around your garden can deter pests from your more valuable surrounding plants. The petals and leaves have a naturally occurring component called pyrethrum that repels many bad bugs and browsing animals that are prone to munching on your other flower and vegetable plants. Its repellant properties are so beneficial that the petals of the white variety are dried and used in the organic insecticide Pyrethrum. There are some names for Painted Daisy that are synonymous and can be confusing. Tanacetum coccineum and Pyrethrum coccineum can both be used in addition to Chrysanthemum coccineum.