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Pyrethrum Daisy

Herbaceous Perennial Flower

Also known as Painted Daisy
Tanacetum coccineum
Asteraceae Family
Synonym: Pyrethrum roseum, Chrysanthemum roseum, Chyrsanthemum coccineum

With delicate, fernlike foliage and showy daisy-like blooms in shades of white, red, purple and pink, Painted Daisy adds striking colors to the garden in midsummer.

Site Characteristics
  • full sun
  • part shade

Soil conditions:

  • requires well-drained soil

Hardiness zones:

  • 3 to 7
Plant Traits

Lifecycle: perennial

Ease-of-care: easy

Height: 1.5 to 2.5 feet

Spread: 1.5 to 2 feet

Bloom time:

  • early summer
  • mid-summer

Cutting back plants after flowering encourages an additional fall bloom.

Flower color:

  • red
  • yellow
  • violet
  • white
  • pink

Usually with yellow centers.

Foliage color: medium green

Foliage texture: fine

Leaves are finely cut and fernlike.

Shape: cushion, mound or clump

Shape in flower: flower stalks with upright spikes

Blooms borne on erect stems rising above the foliage.

Special Considerations
Special characteristics:
  • non-aggressive
  • non-invasive
  • not native to North America - Native to southwestern Asia.
Special uses:
  • cut flowers
Growing Information
How to plant:

Propagate by seed, division or separation - Divide the plants in spring or very early fall. Give fall divided plants a good watering.

Sow seeds in the spring 4 to 6 weeks before the last spring frost.

Germination temperature: 60 F to 70 F

Days to emergence: 7 to 14

Maintenance and care:
Pinch plants in spring when they are 6 to 8" tall to promote bushiness. Cut back the plants after their first bloom to encourage a second blooming. May require staking.

More growing information: How to Grow Perennials

Chrysanthemum nematode
Leaf miners
'Brenda': 2' tall plants with showy magenta pink blooms with yellow centers.

'Eileen May Robinson': 2 to 2.5' tall plants with pale pink blooms with yellow centers.

'Mrs. James Kelway': 2' tall plants with yellow-centered creamy white blooms turning pale pink with time.

'Mont Blanc': 2' tall plants with pure white, yellow-centered blooms.