Dictionary of Flowers: Chrysantemum Carinatum (Ismelia Carinata: Painted Daisy, Tricolor Daisy)

Chrysantemum Carinatum (Ismelia Carinata: Painted Daisy, Tricolor Daisy). Image used under a Creative Commons licence with the kind permission of Christine Majul and Flickr
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Chrysantemum Carinatum (Ismelia Carinata: Painted Daisy, Tricolor Daisy). Image used under a Creative Commons licence with the kind permission of Christine Majul and Flickr

  • Chrysantemum Carinatum (Ismelia Carinata)
  • Common name: painted daisy, tricolor daisy
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Category: annual
  • Height: 24"
  • Width: 12"
  • Sun
  • Blooms: summer to early fall
  • Attracts: butterflies, bees
  • Growth habit: upright. Grown as a filler in containers
  • Maintenance: easy
  • Soil: average, moist, free draining. Water regularly if grown in containers
  • Garden uses: containers, mixed border, cutting garden
  • Diseases: fusarium and verticillium wilt, leaf spot, rust
  • Pests: generally pest free

Native to Morocco, this daisy-like annual produces flowers three to four inches across, with concentric bands of color ranging from white to yellow, orange, red and purple around a dark center.

Most often they are single, but double and semi double varieties can also be found. The foliage is green and fern like.

They prefer full sun and average, moist soil that drains freely. They act as summer annuals in colder zones and fall/winter annuals in warmer areas.

Pinching back plants helps keep a neat shape and more branching. They have a long flowering period.

Removing spent flowers helps prolong bloom. Feed every two weeks during bloom period with an all purpose fertilizer.

They aren't usually sold as bedding plants, but they are easy to start from seed, either outdoors in spring or fall.

In cold zones, sow in spring after the danger of frost has passed. In warmer areas, plant in fall for winter bloom. 

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If sown indoors, start seed 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost date. Sow seed on moist starting medium, barely covering it.

At regular room temperature, they can sprout in 10 days. When sprouts have a few leaves, pinch back. Harden off and plant outside.

Painted daisy blooms about eight weeks from the time they are planted outside. 

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Generally pest free. If leaf spot or rust appear, treat with a fungicide and improve air circulation.

Wilt affected plants need to be discarded. 

Popular varieties:

  • Chrysanthemum carinatum 'Court Jester' - large blooms on eighteen inch plants. Colorful bands of orange, yellow, white, pink and red
  • Chrysanthemum carinatum 'German Flag' - bright yellow and red banding with dark eye. Single blooms
  • Chrysanthemum carinatum 'Coconut Ice' - pale pinks and whites, semi-double and single blooms
  • Chrysanthemum carinatum 'Merry Mixture' - tricolor blooms, very bright. Long bloom period

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