Marguerite Daisy Argyranthemum 'Whiteknights'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
marguerite 'Whiteknights'


Argyranthemum 'Whiteknights', commonly referred to as Marguerite Daisy, is a flowering perennial known for its elegant and cheerful blooms. This plant showcases a bushy, mounded form that is densely packed with lush green foliage. The leaves of the Marguerite Daisy are finely cut into a feathery texture, giving it a delicate and fern-like appearance. The plant is most notable for its flowers, which blossom profusely throughout the blooming season. The blooms of the 'Whiteknights' variety are characterized by their pure white petals that radiate around a central yellow disc, presenting a daisy-like appearance that is both simple and charming. These white petals form a striking contrast against the green backdrop of the foliage, creating a vibrant and refreshing display. The overall appearance of the plant is one of brightness and vitality, with the flowers often covering the plant in such abundance that they can nearly obscure the foliage beneath. Each individual flower is borne atop a slender stem that rises above the foliage, giving the impression of a field of daisy blooms gently swaying in the breeze. The Marguerite Daisy is a popular choice for gardeners looking to add a touch of classic beauty and liveliness to their gardens, borders, or containers, without consideration of its size.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Marguerite Daisy, Paris Daisy

    • Common names

      Argyranthemum 'Whiteknights'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Argyranthemum, commonly known as Marguerite Daisy, generally is not listed as a toxic plant to humans. However, it is always prudent to be cautious with any plant not typically consumed as food. Ingesting parts of Argyranthemum 'Whiteknights' may cause mild stomach upset due to the plant's natural defense mechanisms, but significant toxicity or serious symptoms in humans upon ingestion of this specific cultivar are not commonly reported in the literature.

    • To pets

      The Marguerite Daisy, the common name for Argyranthemum, is not known to be highly toxic to pets. However, like many ornamental plants, it may have the potential to cause mild gastrointestinal upset, such as vomiting or diarrhea, if ingested by pets. The extent of symptoms typically depends on the amount consumed. It is always a good practice to monitor pets and prevent them from ingesting plants not meant for consumption.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2 feet [61 cm]

    • Spread

      2 feet [61 cm]

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Canary Islands


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Adds a bright and cheerful presence to gardens with its white daisy-like flowers.
    • Extended Blooming Season: Offers a long flowering period from spring to autumn.
    • Attracts Pollinators: Brings beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies to the garden, aiding pollination.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal care once established, making it ideal for busy gardeners.
    • Drought Tolerance: Withstands periods of dryness once established, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Adaptability: Thrives in a variety of soil types and conditions, from coastal areas to urban gardens.
    • Versatility: Suitable for borders, containers, and as a bedding plant, providing flexibility in garden design.
    • Evergreen: Some varieties exhibit evergreen properties, ensuring year-round green foliage in the garden.

  • 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

    • The Marguerite Daisy can be used as a natural dye source for fabrics. The petals can impart a yellow to greenish hue when used in the dying process.
    • In photography, the vibrant white flowers of the Marguerite Daisy can serve as a natural reflector to enhance lighting conditions for outdoor portraits.
    • Due to their visually appealing nature, these flowers can be used as a tool for insect photography practice, attracting a variety of insects for close-up shots.
    • As educational tools, different parts of the Marguerite Daisy can be used in botany classes to demonstrate plant anatomy and flower structure.
    • Artists may use the Marguerite Daisy as inspiration for botanical illustrations or as a subject for practicing different painting techniques like watercolor or oil painting.
    • The plants can be used to create natural confetti for weddings and celebrations, as the petals are biodegradable and more environmentally friendly than synthetic alternatives.
    • Flowers like the Marguerite Daisy can be pressed and included in handmade paper, adding texture and visual interest to the final product.
    • The Marguerite Daisy can be used in crafting potpourri mixtures, contributing a subtle fragrance as well as decorative elements.
    • Terrarium and miniature garden hobbyists may use the smaller varieties of the Marguerite Daisy as a feature in their scaled-down ecosystems.
    • These attractive flowers can be incorporated into themed events or productions as part of the set design, providing a fresh and natural look.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Marguerite Daisy is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Marguerite Daisy is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Purity: The color white in Argyranthemum 'Whiteknights', commonly known as marguerite daisy, symbolizes purity and innocence, making it a popular choice for events that aim to highlight these themes, such as weddings or christenings.
    • Peace: White flowers are often associated with peace and tranquility, suggesting the marguerite daisy can represent a desire for serenity in one's life.
    • New Beginnings: The daisy is commonly linked to new starts and fresh perspectives. Its bright blooms herald the start of spring, symbolizing rebirth and the abundance of new opportunities.
    • True Love: Daisies are also emblematic of true love and loyalty. The daisy's structure, with its petals radiating outward from the center, is thought to represent a strong, faithful bond within a relationship.

Every 1-2 weeks
10000 - 20000 Lux
Every year
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Marguerite Daisy needs to be watered thoroughly, making sure moisture reaches deep into the root zone. During the main growing season, water the plant when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, which may be approximately once or twice a week. The exact frequency will depend on the climate and weather conditions, particularly during hot or windy days when plants may need more frequent watering. Use about 1 gallon of water for a medium-sized plant, ensuring even distribution around the base of the plant without wetting the foliage. During the winter months, reduce watering to prevent waterlogging as the plant's growth slows down.

  • sunLight

    Marguerite Daisy thrives in full sunlight, where it can receive at least 6-8 hours of direct sun daily. A spot that offers bright and uninterrupted light will support the most robust growth and abundant flowering. Although it can tolerate partial shade, prolonged periods of shade may lead to fewer blooms and leggy growth.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Marguerite Daisy prefers a temperature range between 40°F and 75°F for optimal growth. It can tolerate mild frosts, but temperatures below freezing (32°F) can damage or kill the plant. During hot summer days, providing some afternoon shade can be beneficial if temperatures consistently exceed the upper limit of its comfort zone.

  • scissorsPruning

    Marguerite Daisy should be pruned to encourage bushy growth and more blooms. Deadhead spent flowers regularly to promote continuous flowering throughout the season. Cut back the plant by one-third in early spring or after the first wave of blooming to rejuvenate the plant and stimulate new growth. Pruning can be performed every few weeks during the active growing season.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Marguerite Daisy thrives best in well-draining soil with a mixture of potting soil, peat, and perlite or sand. The ideal soil pH for this plant should range between 6.5 and 7.0, ensuring a balance that's not too acidic or too alkaline.

  • plantRepotting

    Marguerite Daisy typically requires repotting every 1 to 2 years. It's essential to refresh the soil and provide a larger pot if the plant has outgrown the previous one to continue healthy growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Marguerite Daisy prefers moderate humidity levels but is adaptable to average household humidity. There's no need for excessive humidity adjustments for this plant.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Marguerite Daisy in bright, indirect light indoors for best results.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Marguerite Daisy in full sun to part shade outdoors.

    • Hardiness zone

      9-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Marguerite daisy, known scientifically as Argyranthemum 'Whiteknights', begins its life cycle with germination, where the seeds sprout in well-draining soil and mild temperatures. The seedlings quickly establish themselves, growing into small plants with characteristic fern-like foliage. As the plant matures, it develops stems that branch out, creating a bushy appearance. The Marguerite daisy enters the flowering stage in early to mid-spring and continues through summer, producing an abundance of white, daisy-like flowers with bright yellow centers. After the flowering period, the plant sets seeds, ensuring the continuation of its species. In areas with mild winters, it may exhibit perennial behavior, but in colder climates, it acts as an annual, completing its life cycle within one growing season.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • The most popular method of propagating Argyranthemum 'Whiteknights', commonly known as Marguerite daisy, is through tip cuttings. This is usually done in late spring to early summer, when the plant is actively growing. To propagate by tip cuttings, a gardener would take a cutting of about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) long from a healthy, non-flowering stem. The bottom leaves are stripped off, and the cut end is dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root development. The cutting is then planted in a well-draining soil mix and kept moist but not waterlogged. It's important to provide a warm environment and high humidity, which can be achieved by covering the cutting with a plastic bag or placing it in a propagator. Roots typically develop within a few weeks, after which the new Marguerite daisy can be transplanted to a larger pot or directly into the garden.