Dahlberg Daisies for Dry Sunny Gardens

A few years ago, I came upon some Dahlberg Daisies (Thymophylla tenuiloba) at my local nursery, and fell in love

A few years ago, I came upon some Dahlberg Daisies (Thymophylla tenuiloba) at my local nursery, and fell in love with their feathery foliage and cheerful yellow flowers. I planted them as a border in my sunny front yard, and they did very well until Florida’s wet summer weather set it, and they all died back. It wasn’t the end of these perky little plants, though – each spring, after a bit of winter rain, seedlings of Dahlberg Daisies pop up around my front yard, thriving with absolutely no attention from me at all until summer sets in once again.

Dahlberg Daisies are native to south Texas and northern Mexico. As a result, they love hot, dry conditions, and don’t much enjoy extended high humidity or overly wet soils. Plant them in dry, well-drained soil and give them lots of sunshine – once established,  they’ll thrive for weeks on end without much rain. They’re not tolerant of frost or freezes, so start them inside now from seed (available from Park Seed) and transplant outdoors once winter has finally given up in your area.  This low-growing, spreading plant looks best along borders or in hanging baskets, where folks can get up close to appreciate the little blooms and fragrant feathery foliage. Some butterflies even use these flowers for nectar, so you might try them as edging in a sunny butterfly garden.

Like many members of the aster family (Asteraceae), these plants are prodigious re-seeders. Once you have Dahlbergs in your garden, you can expect volunteers to return each year in the general area where you planted them. Some folks in the Southwestern U.S. have noted this plant can be almost invasive in its spread, but I don’t find them all that hard to root out if they appear in places where you don’t want them. If you prefer more formal gardens, though, this might not be the plant for you.

Do you grow Dahlbergs Daisies? Tell us where you grow them and your own experiences in the comments below!

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Jill Staake
Jill lives in Tampa, Florida, and writes about gardening, butterflies, outdoor projects and birding. When she's not gardening, you'll find her reading, traveling and happily digging her toes into the sand on the beach.