The Daisy Family

This huge family was formerly known as Compositae. It consists of over 920 genera with up to 20,000 species. Asters, Chrysanthemums, Sunflowers, Dahlias, Marigolds and Zinnias are among the better known genera in this family.

Yarrow Sneezeweed
Eyeball Plant Sunflower
Pacific Chrysanthemum Strawflower
  False Sunflower
Lesser Burdock Hawkweed
Snakeroot Prairiedawn
Marguerite Daisy Yellowhead
Ragweed Marsh Elder
Pussytoes False Aster
Dogfennel Lettuce
Wormwood California Goldfields
Aster Edelweiss
African Daisy Giant Coreopsis
Pearly Everlasting Shasta Daisy
English Daisy Brass Buttons
Bellium Gay Feather
Prickly Gousblom Goldenray
Beggartick Chamomile
False Aster Blackfoots
Swan River Daisy Nippon Daisy
Strawflower Stiff Goldenrod
Pot Marigold Scotch Thistle
Chinese Aster African Daisy
Beauty Heads Groundsel
Cupid's Dart Wild Quinine
Plumeless Thistle Japanese Butterbur
False Saffron Ragwort
Knapweed False Fleabane
  Painted Daisy
Dogfennel Prairie Coneflower
Mums Moroccan Daisy
Everlastings Black Eyed Susan
Goldenstar Lavender Cotton
Chicory Milkthistle
Bull Thistle  
Horseweed Creeping Zinnia
Tickseed Spanish Oyster Thistle
Cosmos Dusty Miller
Funnel Weed Viper's Herb
Largeflower Hawksbeard Goldenrod
Cardoon Sowthistle
Dahlia Toothache Plant
Hardy Mum Stokes' Aster
Cape Marigold  
Leopard's Bane    
Coneflower Marigold
Globe Thistle Painted Daisy
Fleabane Dandelion
Catalina Silverlace Heartleaf Oxeye
Joe Pye Weed Pricklyleaf
Bigleaf Aster Mexican Sunflower
Bush Daisy Salsify
Flat Topped Goldenrod Tridax
Swamp Root Coltsfoot
Margarito Frostweed
Leopard Plant Ironweed
Blanket Flower Cocklebur
Guasca Immortelle
African Daisy Strawflower
Transvaal Daisy Zinnia
Gum Weed    

Note on Taxonomy - Plant taxonomy is the art and science of classifying plants into groupings in order to help people make sense of the huge diversity found in the world. The people who do this for a living are called taxonomists. They are continually evaluating and re-evaluating how plants are classified. For example, with the recent emergence of DNA analysis, many plants have been changing classification.

Also, there is no one, single universal classification system for plants. Rather, there is a lot of debate among taxonomists which may lead to confusion for the average gardener. That is why, in these family listings, you often see the words "about" or "around" when counting the number of genera or species to include. It is also why new families are created and some of the old ones suddenly fade away. So, don't be surprised if you find slightly different information at other sites or sources. Oh, well.


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