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Daisy is the common name for a large family of flowers known as Asteraceae. They are charcterized by white outer petals and a yellow center, but many genuses within this family have colored petals and/or black and brown centers. The petals are long and flat, radiating from the center in one or two layers. The star-shaped structure of these flowers gives the family its name, as aster is Greek for star.
The technical term for the structure of the flower head is pseudanthium. The center disk is actually comprised of thousands of tiny flowers, much like a sunflower.
There are many genuses within the Asteraceae family whose members are commonly called daisies, and usage varies by region. What you call a daisy someone else might call an aster or ox-eye. Size varies greatly within this family. Some are no bigger than the end of your thumb, while shasta daisies can be as big as your palm.
Another member of the Asteraceae family is the chrysantemum, a sort of mega-daisy having many layers of outer petals.
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Fun Facts About Daisies
- The given name "Daisy" is often a stand-alone name these days, but a century ago it was a nickname for Margaret. Other nicknames for Margaret are Peggy, Peg, Megan, Meg, Maggie,Greta, Midge, and Pearl. The name Margaret is derived from the Greek word margarites meaning pearl In French, daisies are sometimes called marguerites.
- It's not totally incorrect to call chamomile flowers, black-eyed Susans, and chrysanthemums by the name of daisy. These are all in the Asteraceae family that includes more traditional daisy varieties.
- The game "He Loves Me...He Loves Me Not" is traditionally played by picking petals off a daisy.
- A daisy chain is a simple garland made by tying daisies together in a ring. In electrical engineering, a daisy chain has a similar meaning; it's where multiple devices are wired together in a ring.