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