Also known by the names cutleaf daisy and Engelmann daisy, this native is from the Aster family of plants. It is native to the United States and is botanically called Engelmannia peristenia or Engelmannia pinnatifida.
Engelmann’s Daisy Description
Growing up to two feet high, this perennial has several stems, evergreen leaves that are basal, and yellow flowers. Flowers have eight petals and open during the late afternoon when the heat and sunlight are gone. They are on terminal clusters. Leaves are toothed and deeply cleft. Bloom season is between March and July.
Grow this perennial in full sun conditions with a dry soil, loams and clay are fine. It tolerates drought and heat. Propagate by seed. Because of the long taproot, transplant in the winter while it is in the rosette stage. Cutting back the plant in the summer may get the plant to bloom again in the fall.
This native is found in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Texas. It is on roadsides and in open fields.
The Engelmann’s daisy does well as a garden border plant or in wildflower meadows. It is beloved by livestock and if it is in a grazing field will quickly disappear. The seeds are a food source for many birds. It is not deer resistant. Engelmann’s daisy is a popular roadside plant.
George Englemann, the botanist and physician the genus was named after, described many species sich as the agaves, vitis, juncus, and over 108 species of cactus. Many of the specimens in his collection, upon his death, went to the Missouri Botanical Garden.