The History of the Daisy

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Daisies (Asteraceae) are generally associated with childhood innocence. They are associated with dreams, love, happiness, honor, and repose. Yet, as you will soon see, for all their sweetness and delicacy, daisies have bested merely surviving the upheavals of time, wars, drought, and changing governments, to become one of the largest and most variable plant families on Earth. All this, yet daisies remain as sweet and endearing to the human spirit now as they were five thousand years ago.

At Daisy Books, we pride ourselves on our name. We are awed by the remarkable heritage of the daisy. We are impressed by the way generations have embraced the daisy as a symbol of freedom, power, and life. Thus, we decided to add a section to our website that wholly celebrates the greatness of the daisy. This section -- The Daisy Zone -- will give you an idea about the daisy from every perspective. The poet. The artist. The botanist. The archeologist. The florist. The aged. The young. The remorseful. The hopeful. The hippies. The retro-revivalists. Be patient and check back often, as -- comparative to our namesake -- we will evolve this section over time.



Daisies and the Pharaohs.

Hope of Spring

Daisy Bell

The Healing Power of Daisies

The Swinging Sixties

So, you want to grow daisies, huh?
Daisies have the most genera (1,500) and the most species (25,000+) of any plant family. Here is a directory of a few dozen (at least) of the varieties we know of.

Victory Garden:
Daisies have long inspired both poets and artists. For your enjoyment, we matched art with prose and created an area we call "Victory Garden." All of the art prints in this section can be purchased via their accompanying product links.

Wild Daisies

I'd Pick More Daisies

Keepers of the Daisies

Daisies by Alice Cadwell


Thank you for your interest!


After the Rain, A New Adventure for Peter Pan
Dead Leaves and Other Flowers
If We Could Just Learn to Listen
Golsteinsweg 22

Ah, those swinging 60ís and 70ís!

The flower-power era, when women burned their bras and, declaring themselves conscientious objectors, men defied authority by refusing to fight in a war they did not believe in. "Make love, not war" was the catchcry. There were peace signs, daisies and love hearts everywhere. Given that the starchy Victorian era (1837-1901) ended just sixty to seventy years earlier, who could have predicted how much the world would change in such a short time?


The rose has but a summer's reign, the daisy never dies.
James Montgomery