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The Butter Daisy: Bright Pops of Color to Make Gardening Easy

You have enough to think about with maintaining your garden in the hot, humid summer months—you want an easy to grow, easy to maintain flower variety that will add beauty to your landscaping without worrying about how it will survive.

Closeup of a butter daisy flower.

That’s what makes the Butter Daisy a perfect addition to your garden! This heat hardy, stunning little daisy variety will add incredible visual value wherever you plant it, without requiring lots of extra work or concern during the summer. Read onto learn all about this special, unique breed of daisy!

History of The Butter Daisy

Due to its love of humid, hot temperatures and sunny climates, the butter daisy can trace its origins back to the tropical regions of Mexico, Central and South America, and even some of the Caribbean Islands, where it thrived naturally in these perfect conditions before being grown and introduced on the national market.

Closeup of a flowering butter daisy plant.

Characteristics of The Butter Daisy

There are two best-known varieties of the butter daisy, which are the Casino Light Yellow—an exceptional lover of hot and humid conditions which will grow up to 2 feet tall, making it perfect for growing in containers, lawn borders, and garden beds—and the Showstar, which is notably deer resistant with delicate, star shaped flowers and will reach a height of 10 inches. The Showstar also thrives in drier soil that its Casino Light Yellow counterpart.

A butter daisy plant in bloom.

Both varieties of the Butter Daisy boast fair yellow petals and a darker yellow center roughly 1 inch across, with bright green, elongated, and occasionally heart shaped leaves. Because of its great love of heat, the Butter Daisy will not survive in temperatures colder than 30 degrees; however, in warm climates, this annual plant will act as a perennial variety, seeding itself and sprouting againwithout the need for replanting!

The Butter Daisy Specific

Where can you buy this flower?

Butter Daisies aren’t going to be found in most commercial floral arrangements or as single flower bouquets. So you’re not likely to be able to buy them in local florist shops or online. But all is not lost, because there’s another option, as you’ll see next!

Can you grow it at home?

The Butter Daisy is actually quite a popular plant for home growing! This is a notoriously easy plant to grow and maintain even in the hottest summers, as its love for heat and undemanding growing needs make it overall drought resistant and simple to keep alive throughout the warm months.

A butter daisy plant planted near flagstones.

What is significant about this flower?

This most significant aspects of the Butter Daisy that set it apart from other daisies—and indeed, from many flowers in general!—is its heat resistance, its love of warm and humid climates, and its deer resistance. All of these assets together make this a notable landscaping flower for folks in warm climates and those with woodland properties who are frequently visited by deer.

Why would you want to grow it at home?

The Butter Daisy is a great option for growing at home if you’re looking for a heat hardy, beautiful flower that will spread out and fill up your landscaping area or garden patches. Particularly for those in southern regions that experience quite a bit of humidity and scorching summer heat, the Butter Daisy will help you keep a beautiful edge to your landscaping without worrying about flowers that will wilt and die off in the regional droughts and hottest summer conditions.

A mass planting of butter daisies.

Where should you plant it?

An herbaceous and rigorous flower, the Butter Daisy absolutely loves plenty of sunlight and humidity, so it should be planted wherever it can receive full sunlight, preferably in soil that is either neutral or slightly acidic and well draining. Seeds should be planted after the first frost for spring and summer blooms, and young transplants can be placed in the soil once the final threat of frost has passed for the season.

Once sprouted, the young Butter Daisy will need plenty of water while it becomes established; after that, you will want to make sure you don’t overwater your plant, as the Butter Daisy prefers drier soil overall. However, if you notice your Butter Daisy appearing a bit droopy in the intense heat of July, August, and September in particular, a good watering will perk it right back up!

Butter daisies as part of a mixed perennial bed.

Be sure to water your daisy when the soil is dry, about an inch deep into the ground. This will help it to go on thriving!

Making a bouquet with it/Using it for décor

Bright, cheery, and eye catching in a mellow fashion, the Butter Daisy is a great addition to gardens for a burst of color among your growing plants! This is also a fabulous landscape flower, with many folks opting for Butter Daisies to line walkways, garden borders, landscaping plots, driveways, and more.

Closeup of butter daisies.

Once trimmed, the Butter Daisy is a popular addition to small indoor décor arrangements and formal bouquets, as it is long lasting and provides a vibrant pop of color. It is also a great filler for hanging flower baskets both indoors and outdoors, as it requires such little maintenance in order to thrive.

Where To Buy The Butter Daisy

If you are looking to purchase Butter Daisy seeds online, you can find them for sale at Outside Pride’s website (NOTE: You may find these to be out of stock once the blooming season begins) as well as offered by several seed sellers on Etsy.com. Please approach seed purchase from venders such as Etsy and eBay with caution, as you may not always receive seeds for the exact plant you’re looking for.

Butter Daisy plants can also be purchased online from Lowes Home Improvement’s website, where they are sold by the gallon.

If you are interested in supporting and shopping locally for your Butter Daisy seeds or young plants, please research your local nurseries, garden centers, farms, and the like to find them for sale. This may be easiest to do in spring to early summer.

Enjoy Easy Gardening With a Butter Daisy (or Two)

Hardy, beautiful, and widespread, easy to grow and just as simple to maintain, the Butter Daisy is really the perfect addition for garden beds, landscapes, floral arrangements, and even indoor flower gardens—and best of all, it’s suitable for growers who are both new and experienced in gardening!

Closeup of a butter daisy flower.

If you’d like to learn more about other daisy varieties, check out our daisies blog posts.