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A Guide to the Native Daisies of Australia

Did you know that there are around 1000 different species of daisies that are native to Australia?

Even on dark and dreary days, seeing a group of daisies growing in the garden will always cheer you up with their bright and happy flowers.

Here’s our guide to the native daisies of Australia.

Brachyscome angustifolia

Brachyscome angustifolia | Native plants
Brachyscome angustifolia

This species is found in open forests in coastal and alpine areas of Victoria, NSW, South Australia and Tasmania.

B. angustifolia is a low-growing plant that only reaches a height of 30cm. The flowers are commonly pink or mauve and around 2 cm in diameter. 

You can grow this daisy in full sun or semi-shade.

Brachyscome formosa

Brachyscome formosa | Native plants
Brachyscome formosa / Photo by Krzysztof Ziarnek / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 4.0

This similar species is only naturally found in a small area in the central west of NSW. It’s also commonly known as the Pilliga daisy.

This plant also has lovely pink flowers that are around 2.5 cm in diameter. These flowers appear mainly in spring and summer. The plant has a suckering habit and will spread quite readily in your garden.

Brachyscome multifida

Brachyscome multifida ‘Cut leaf Daisy Native Daisy | Native plants
Brachyscome multifida

I remember growing this gorgeous species when I lived in Queensland. It occurs naturally right up the east coast from Victoria to southern Queensland.

This is a hardy ground cover and produces purple flowers that are around 2 cm in diameter. Some varieties can also have white or pink flowers. 

It can be grown in full sun or partial shade and prefers moist soil. This species can even grow in heavy clay.

Chrysocephalum apiculatum

Chrysocephalum apiculatum | Native plants
Chrysocephalum apiculatum

This species is commonly referred to as yellow buttons and is widespread around the southern half of the country.

This plant grows into a shrub with a height of 0.3 metres and a spread of up to 1.5 metres.

The flowers grow as clusters with the individual flowers being bright yellow and around 1.5 cm in diameter. In the wild, this species can be highly variable as it can adapt to local growing conditions.

Did you know?

Many native Australian plants are adapted to low-nutrient soils, especially low in phosphorus.

Over-fertilising, particularly with high phosphorus fertilisers, can harm these plants. It’s best to use a slow-release, low-phosphorus fertiliser, specifically formulated for native plants.

We recommend this native fertiliser from Amgrow, designed to promote healthy root growth, lush foliage, and increased flowering, without overwhelming native species.

Chrysocephalum baxteri

Chrysocephalum | Native plants
Chrysocephalum baxteri / Photo by DavidFrancis34 / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

Commonly known as white everlasting or fringed everlasting, this species is mainly found in woodlands and forests in southern NSW, Victoria, and southern Australia as well as on the islands in Bass Strait.

The flowers appear on long stems and have white bracts and bright yellow centres. They are around 2 to 4 cm in diameter. 

This species prefers to grow in full sun and likes moist soil that is free-draining. Plants should be cut back after flowering to ensure a nice tidy growth habit.

Ixodia achillaeoides

Ixodia achillaeoides | Native plants
Ixodia achillaeoides / Photo by Melburnian / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0

This species grows naturally in forests and coastal areas of western Victoria and South Australia including Kangaroo Island. 

The plant produces white flowers in clusters on the ends of tall stems. These are only quite small with a diameter of around 1.5 cm. They make excellent dried flowers.

This species prefers to grow in areas where summers are fairly dry and can’t handle high humidity well. 

Lawrencella rosea

Lawrencella rosea | Native plants
Lawrencella rosea / Photo by Kevin Thiele / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

This species is one for our Western Australian gardeners because it grows naturally around woodlands in the south. 

It has stunning rosy pink flowers with bright yellow centres. These can be up to 4 cm in diameter. They make excellent dried flowers.

The plant prefers a drier summer climate and a sunny position in the garden.

Leucochrysum albicans

Leucochrysum albicans | Native plants
Leucochrysum albicans / Photo by Harry Rose / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

This is another native species that occurs naturally on the tablelands along the east coast and also in Tasmania.

The species has a number of recognised subspecies but most flower during spring and summer. Individual varieties can have flowers with either white or yellow bracts and yellow to orange centres.

For temperate areas, look for sub-species L. albicans spp albicans as this one is popular in cultivation.

Olearia ciliata

Olearia ciliata | Native plants
Olearia ciliata / Photo by Kym Nicolson / ala.org.au / CC BY 3.0

This species is more commonly known as fringed daisy bush and is found naturally in southern Australia in areas with sandy soils.

It grows into a small shrub and can reach a height of 0.3 metres. The flowers are mauve or purple and around 2.5 cm in diameter.

Once established, this plant is quite drought-tolerant and can handle moderate frosts.

Rhodanthe chlorocephala

Rhodanthe chlorocephala | Native plants
Rhodanthe chlorocephala

This is another species that is native to southern WA but it can also occur in the southern part of South Australia.

A popular sub-species is R. chlorocephala spp rosea. It has stunning flowers that can be up to 6cm in diameter. The flowers feature pink or white papery bracts and pale green centres.

Xerochrysum subundulatum

Xerochrysum subundulatum | Native plants
Xerochrysum subundulatum

This pretty orange-yellow daisy is only found naturally in the alpine regions of Victoria, NSW and Tasmania. Plants can reach a height of 30 cm but can spread up to 1 metre in width.

Flower heads appear on tallish stems in late spring through to autumn. This species is particularly frost-tolerant and prefers to grow in colder climates. 

Xerochrysum viscosum

Xerochrysum viscosum | Native plants
Xerochrysum viscosum

Commonly found west of the Great Dividing Range in Victoria and NSW, this species is a delight to grow. It is commonly known as yellow paper daisy or sticky everlasting.

This species is low-growing and can be either an annual or biennial plant. This means that it will complete its life cycle in one or two years and needs to be replanted. 

The flowers are outstanding with their yellow papery bracts and bright yellow to orange centres. These can appear in late winter right through to spring. 

Native Daisy FAQ

Are yellow paper daisies native to Australia?

Yes, the species Xerochrysum viscosum commonly known as yellow paper daisy is native to Australia.

What kind of daisy flowers all year round?

Species from the Brachyscome genus can flower for most of the year, although their main blooming seasons are spring and summer.

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Annette Hird

Annette Hird is a gardening expert with many years of experience in a range of gardening related positions. She has an Associate Diploma of Applied Science in Horticulture and has worked in a variety of production nurseries, primarily as a propagator. She has also been responsible for a large homestead garden that included lawn care, fruit trees, roses and many other ornamental plants. More recently, Annette has concentrated on improving the garden landscape of the homes that she has lived in and focused a lot of energy on growing edible plants as well. She now enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with others by writing articles about all facets of gardening and growing plants.

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