Growing Marguerites – Argyranthemum

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Marguerites are a small genus of plants ‘Argyranthemum’. They are part of the wider daisy family and look very similar to Chrysanthemums.

They can be frost tender plants originating from Madeira and the Canary Islands.

Whilst Marguerites are shrubby perennials they are usually treated as annuals and propagated from cuttings or seed each year.

Marguerites Varieties

  • Some plants are named Marguerites because of their appearance. All are daisy like with a central yellow disk and white, yellow or pink petals.
  • Argyranthemum frutescens is a yellow flower often called the Dill daisy.
  • Argyranthemum gracile produces prodigious quantities of white flowers during summer and well into autumn.

Growing Tips

  • marguerites make summer bedding plants for borders, containers and often for use in hanging baskets.
  • Through warm summers¬† the plants remain in flower for long periods.
  • Some also have very attractive foliage with finely cut leaves .
  • Take basal cuttings in the late winter.
  • In mild areas plants may over winter outside with top-growth getting cut back but underground regrowing in spring.
  • Grow in full sun and well-drained soil.
  • Pinch out the growing tips to encourage a compact habit.
  • Plants will tolerate some wind.

Marguerite Daisy also called the Ox-eye daisy and Anthemis or Golden Marguerite are not true Argyranthemum but are available from Thompson & Morgan

Marguerite as Standards

  • Some Marguerites are grown as standards on long stems and are kept from year to year.
  • These standard plants really must be kept frost-free.
  • They don’t need much, if any, water in winter.
  • Treat like tender Fucshias for storing and propogation
  • Keep the Marguerites ticking over through winter so they start growing from the top not the base. Pinch out lower growth.
  • Take cuttings in case you lose your main plants.

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