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Argyranthemum frutescens (aka).jpg
Bloom close-up
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Anthemideae
Genus: Argyranthemum
Type species
Argyranthemum jacobaeifolium Webb

Argyranthemum foeniculum
Argyranthemum frutescens
Argyranthemum haematomma
Argyranthemum hierrense
Argyranthemum lemsii
Argyranthemum lidii
Argyranthemum maderense
Argyranthemum vera
Argyranthemum x hybrida

Argyranthemum (marguerite, marguerite daisy, dill daisy) is a genus of flowering plants belonging to the family Asteraceae. Members of this genus are sometimes also placed in the genus Chrysanthemum.

The genus is endemic to Macaronesia, occurring only on the Canary Islands, the Savage Islands, and Madeira.[1]

Argyranthemum frutescens is recorded as a food plant of the leaf-mining larva of the moth Bucculatrix chrysanthemella.


Varieties and cultivars of Argyranthemum (sometimes listed under A. frutescens) are widely sold as garden plants, for summer bedding or containers. They produce prolific single- or double-flowered daisy-like flowers in shades of white, pink, yellow and purple throughout summer. They are generally half-hardy, and can be grown from seed or cuttings, or purchased as young plants to be planted out after all danger of frost has passed.[2] The following cultivars have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit:-

  • 'Cornish Gold'[3]
  • 'Donington Hero'[4]
  • 'Chelsea Girl'[5]
  • 'Jamaica Primrose'[6]      
  • 'Levada Cream'[7]
  • A. maderense[8]      
  • 'Mary Cheek'[9]
  • 'Petite Pink'[10]



  1. ^ Bramwell, D and Bramwell, Z (2001) Wild flowers of the Canary Islands. Editorial Rueda SL, Madrid, Spain ISBN 84-7207-129-4, 2nd edition.
  2. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  3. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Argyranthemum 'Cornish Gold'". Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Argyranthemum 'Donington Hero'". Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Argyranthemum gracile 'Chelsea Girl'". Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Argyranthemum 'Jamaica Primrose'". Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Argyranthemum 'Levada Cream'". Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Argyranthemum maderense". Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Argyranthemum 'Mary Cheek'". Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Argyranthemum 'Petite Pink'". Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Argyranthemum 'Qinta White'". Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Argyranthemum 'Snow Storm'". Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Argyranthemum 'Vancouver'". Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Argyranthemum 'Whiteknights'". Retrieved 11 June 2013. 

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