Dictionary of Flowers: Felicia (Blue Daisy)

Felicia (Blue Daisy, Blue Marguerite). Image used under a Creative Commons licence with the kind permission of Chaos and Flickr

Felicia (Blue Daisy, Blue Marguerite). Image used under a Creative Commons licence with the kind permission of Chaos and Flickr

  • Felicia
  • Common name: blue daisy, blue marguerite
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Category: frost sensitive annual. Perennial in USDA zones 9 and warmer
  • Height: 24"
  • Width: 24"
  • Sun
  • Blooms: summer to fall
  • Attracts: butterflies
  • Growth habit: bushy, clump forming. Used as filler in container combinations
  • Maintenance: easy
  • Soil: poor to average, well drained. Water regularly if grown in containers. 
  • Garden uses: containers, hanging baskets, mixed border, rock garden, indoor plant during winter
  • Diseases: stem rot
  • Pests: spider mites

Dainty and cheerful, as the botanical name indicates, felicia daisy is native to South Africa and blooms best in cooler weather.

The plant is bushy, rounded and the bright blue daisy-like flowers with yellow centers appear on stems held above the foliage.

There are white cultivars available. Flower’s size is between one and one and a half inches.

Felicia prefers full sun in cooler zones, but some protection from strong afternoon sun is best when grown in warm areas.

Well drained soil is a must. It can handle poor to average to loamy soil. It does require applications of balanced or bloom boosting liquid fertilizer every other week during the growing season.

Deadheading regularly promotes more bloom. Water regularly, do not allow the roots to dry completely. Blue Marguerite dislikes soggy soil.

It is a frost sensitive plant, but it can be overwintered indoors or in a greenhouse, provided temperature can be kept above 45F. Indoors, it needs to be placed in a bright, sunny spot. 

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Blue marguerite can be purchased in nurseries during spring. It can also be propagated by seeds or cuttings.

Non flowering stem cuttings are easy to root in either water or a loose potting mix with sand or perlite added during spring.

Seeds can be sown indoors, in late winter or early spring. Sow on moist starting medium, cover with plastic and refrigerate for three weeks. Bring out and raise temperature to 60 to 70F. It might take a month for seed to germinate.

Pinch the seedlings when a few true leaves have grown. Harden off and plant outdoors when nights start to warm up. 




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If stem rot appears, remove plant and discard. if the symptoms are mild, treat with fungicide.

Pests can be treated with insecticidal soap.

Popular varieties:

  • Felicia Amelloides 'Cape Town Blue' - compact variety, twelve inches tall
  • Felicia Amelloides 'Variegata' - variegated foliage, cream and green. Short variety, between one and two feet tall with blue flowers
  • Felicia Amelloides 'Read's White' - twelve to eighteen inches tall. White blooms

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