Hooker's Townsend Daisy Townsendia hookeri

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
Easter daisy
Easter daisy
Easter daisy
Easter daisy
Easter daisy
Easter daisy
Easter daisy
Easter daisy
Easter daisy
Easter daisy
Easter daisy
Easter daisy
Easter daisy
Easter daisy
Easter daisy
Easter daisy


Townsendia hookeri, commonly known as Hooker's Townsend-daisy, is a perennial plant that typically bears daisy-like flowers. The flowers are usually a vivid shade of lavender or pink and they often present a bright yellow center, drawing a striking contrast with the colored petals. These petals are narrow and might sometimes exhibit a gradient of color, appearing lighter near the center and becoming more saturated towards the tips. The leaves of Hooker's Townsend-daisy are generally small and spatula-shaped, with a tendency to clump at the base of the stem, forming a rosette-like arrangement. The foliage is often a grayish-green hue, which can add to the plant's soft overall appearance. The stems themselves are slender and support the individual flower heads, which become prominent when the plant is in bloom. Hooker's Townsend-daisy can showcase a bushy and somewhat compact form, contributing to its use in rock gardens and as ground cover in landscaping. Its textured appearance is accentuated by the hairy nature of its stems and leaves, giving it a rustic and wild look characteristic of many plants adapted to mountainous or rocky environments.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Hooker's Townsend Daisy, Hooker's Townsend-daisy, Easter Daisy

    • Common names

      Townsendia exscapa var. hookeri, Townsendia hookeri var. minor, Townsendia minor.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      0.33 feet (10 cm)

    • Spread

      0.5 feet (15 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      North America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ecosystem Support: Townsendia hookeri, commonly known as Hooker's Townsend Daisy, provides nectar and pollen for a variety of pollinating insects, thus supporting local ecosystems.
    • Soil Stabilization: This plant can help stabilize soil in its native habitat, reducing erosion and promoting soil health.
    • Habitat Creation: Townsendia hookeri can create microhabitats for small organisms by modifying the local environment and providing shelter.
    • Aesthetic Value: With its attractive flowers, the Hooker's Townsend Daisy adds visual appeal to gardens and natural landscapes.
    • Biodiversity: Incorporating native plants like Townsendia hookeri into landscapes can increase plant biodiversity in that area.
    • Drought Resistance: As a native to dry regions, this plant is well-adapted to drought conditions, making it an excellent choice for water-wise gardening.
    • Low Maintenance: Hooker's Townsend Daisy typically requires less maintenance than non-native plants, which can be beneficial for low-effort landscaping.
    • Wildlife Food Source: The seeds of Townsendia hookeri can serve as a food source for various species of wildlife.
    • Educational Opportunities: As a native species, Townsendia hookeri can be used in educational settings to teach about local flora and natural history.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Townsendia hookeri, or the Easter Daisy, can be utilized as a natural dye source, providing a range of subtle hues to textiles depending on the mordant used during the dyeing process.
    • The Easter Daisy's flowers can be pressed and used in decorative arts, such as creating personalized bookmarks or enhancing the visual appeal of handmade paper products.
    • The plant can be part of xeriscaping designs, which focus on creating landscapes that reduce or eliminate the need for irrigation, and as such, are specific to drought-tolerant plants like the Easter Daisy.
    • Easter Daisy can be used in rock gardens due to its low-growing nature and ability to thrive in well-drained soils, adding aesthetic variety without requiring much maintenance.
    • The flowers of Easter Daisy can be incorporated into potpourri mixes for their appearance, though they do not have a strong fragrance.
    • Photographers and artists may use the vibrantly colored flowers of Easter Daisy as subjects or inspiration for their work, capturing the beauty of the blooms in various art forms.
    • The plant's resilience and adaptability make it suitable for restoration projects aimed at stabilizing soil in disturbed areas and preventing erosion.
    • Easter Daisy seeds can be a component in "seed bombs" or "green grenades" used for guerrilla gardening, contributing to the beautification of neglected urban spaces.
    • Given its compact size, Easter Daisy can be grown in containers as part of urban gardening initiatives, brightening up balconies and small patios.
    • The plant's ability to attract pollinators makes it a valuable addition to gardens aiming to support local ecosystems and promote biodiversity.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Townsendia hookeri, commonly known as Easter daisy, is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Easter daisy is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: Townsendia hookeri, also known as Easter Daisy, commonly grows in tough, rocky environments, symbolizing the ability to thrive in challenging conditions.
    • Purity: The Easter Daisy's bright white petals are often associated with purity and innocence.
    • New Beginnings: Blooming in early spring, the Easter Daisy signifies rebirth and the start of new ventures mirroring the season it blossoms in.
    • Hope: Its timely spring appearance when the landscape is still bleak provides a sense of hope and the promise of warmer days.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    The Easter Daisy should be watered deeply but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. During active growth in the spring and summer, watering once every 1-2 weeks with approximately 1 gallon of water should be sufficient. Reduce watering in the fall and even further during winter to every 2-3 weeks, depending on the dryness of the soil. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it's important to ensure good drainage and not to let the plant sit in waterlogged soil.

  • sunLight

    Easter Daisy thrives best in full sun to partial shade. It should be placed in a location where it can receive at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. The plant will bloom more profusely with sufficient light, so a spot that provides bright, indirect light or direct morning sun with some afternoon shade is ideal.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Easter Daisy prefers cool to moderate temperatures, thriving best when daytime temperatures are between 60-75°F and nighttime temperatures do not drop below 30°F. It is hardy to cold and can survive temperatures as low as -30°F, but prolonged exposure to heat above 80°F may stress the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Easter Daisy benefits from deadheading to encourage more blooms and maintain a tidy appearance. Prune spent flowers regularly during the blooming season. Cut back the foliage in late fall or early winter after the plant has gone dormant, which helps to promote healthy growth in the spring.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Easter Daisy prefers well-draining soil with a mix of loam, sand, and compost. The ideal pH for Easter Daisy ranges between 5.5 to 7.0. A recipe for the soil mix could be 60% loam, 20% sand, and 20% compost to ensure proper drainage and fertility.

  • plantRepotting

    Easter Daisy generally does not require frequent repotting and can be done every 2-3 years. It's best to repot when the plant has outgrown its current container or the soil has been depleted of nutrients.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Easter Daisy thrives best in moderate humidity conditions, typical of outdoor environments. They do not have specific humidity requirements as they are adapted to a wide range of conditions.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright light, avoid overwatering.

    • Outdoor

      Full sun to partial shade, well-drained soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Townsendia hookeri, also known as Hooker's Townsend Daisy, typically begins its life as a seed, which upon finding suitable conditions, such as adequate moisture and temperature, germinates in the spring. The germination leads to the growth of a small rosette of leaves close to the ground, capitalizing on the limited competition for light early in the season. As the plant matures, it develops a taproot system to access deep water reserves and nutrients. During the summer months, Townsendia hookeri produces flowering stalks with composite flowers that have a yellow center and white to pinkish ray petals, attracting pollinators for reproduction. After pollination, the flowers turn into seed heads, dispersing seeds for the next generation. In preparation for winter, the above-ground parts of the plant die back, while the root system remains alive, allowing the plant to perennially regenerate the following spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • The most popular method for propagating Townsendia hookeri, also known as Easter Daisy, is through seed. Propagation by seed usually happens in late winter to early spring. Fresh seeds can be sown directly into a well-draining soil mix, lightly covered with soil, and kept moist until germination, which typically occurs when temperatures are around 68°F (20°C). It is important to provide the seedlings with enough light to prevent legginess and to strengthen their growth before transplanting outdoors. Once the seedlings have developed several true leaves and are large enough to handle, they can be carefully transplanted to their final growing positions, ensuring they are acclimatized to outdoor conditions to reduce transplant shock.