The African daisy has great appeal and, although it is not a traditional cottage-garden flower, it has many of the qualities of that group of flowers, being colourful, easy to grow and easy to propagate. Its daisy flowers are the typical daisy shape: a rim of petals and a central button of true flowers. Each daisy-type ‘flower’ is actually a multiple flower; the petals of the outer rim are specially adapted to grow large and attract pollination insects from a distance.
Meanwhile the fertile flowers, quite tiny, are stacked together like honeycomb cells to make up the central button. Unlike many daisy-family plants, which generally have yellow buttons, the African daisy buttons are blue until they open with yellow pollen. The dark blue central boss is attractive and sets off the colour of the flowers to perfection.