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Livingstone Daisies

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Livingstone Daisies are a group of colorful, ornamental plants belonging to the genus Dimorphotheca, which belongs to the family Aizoaceae. The species of livingstone daisies consists of at least 70 species of flowers, some of which are annuals and others of which are multi-season perennials. Species of livingstone daisies can range in size from 10 cm (4 inches) to as much as 60 cm (2 feet). The daisies display different shades of yellow, white, orange, pink, lavender and even blue. Life expectancy of the daisies varies from species to species, with some being annuals while others survive multiple seasons. The daisies are summer bloomers in temperate to subtropical climates, and very popular in gardens and flower arrangements around the world.

Description and Origin

Livingstone daisies are native to South Africa, where a number of species are found growing wildly in meadows and open fields. These daisies have been cultivated in other parts of the world for their ornamental qualities and many hybrids have been developed. The daisies produces attractive and most of them multi-colored blooms with distinct marking on the petals which makes them so appealing. The blooms come in shades of yellow, white, pink, orange, lavender and even blue.

The stems are typically hairy and contain leaves which are quite thin and produce a form of food for certain insects. There are a bunch of small flowers at the center of each bloom and these flowers are typically comprised of five petals. The bright-colored petals, usually five in number, are slightly notched and can range in color from the yellow, white, lavender and pink.

Benefits and Uses

Livingstone daisies are commonly used in flower arrangements to add color and texture. These daisies also make great additions to garden beds and borders. As they are drought tolerant, they are perfect for low maintenance flower beds. The daisies are also used to attract beneficial insects such as bees and hover flies and other pollinator species to gardens and open fields.

Livingstone daisies are excellent cut flowers and can last up to a week in water. As these daisies are available in a variety of colors, they are perfect for creating a fresh color palette for any flower arrangements. The daisies can also be dried for a longer lasting displays. The daisies are often used in dried flower arrangements, bouquets, and pressed flower art.

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Planting Tips

Livingstone daisies require full sunlight to partial shade for flowering and growth. These daisies have a low tolerance for wet soils, so they should be planted in areas with well drained soils. To encourage healthy growth and blooming, fertilization should be done at least once a year.

These daisies prefer a neutral to slightly acidic soil and should not be cultivated in overly rich soil. To encourage repeated blooming, deadhead faded flowers every 2 to 3 weeks. Livingstone daisies will not tolerate frost and should be planted in late spring to early summer.

Pest and Diseases

Livingstone daisies are relatively pest and disease free, but can be affected by a few pests and diseases. These include wireworm, aphids, white fly, powdery mildew, nematodes, and mites. Monitoring the plants closely and taking necessary steps can keep infection and infestation away.


Livingstone daisies are attractive and colorful flowers, perfect for decorating gardens and flower arrangements. These daisies are easy to grow and require minimal maintenance for healthy growth and blooming. These daisies come in a variety of colors and can tolerate a range of climatic conditions. As they are low maintenance and pest-free, they are ideal for busy gardeners.

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