The botanical name means “beautiful crown” in Greek and refers to the showy, solitary flower heads. Also said to be the character of the developing fruit.
In some of the more showy cultivars, the inner disk flowers are replaced by ray flowers resulting in a doubled flower appearance.
The Compositae or aster family is vast, with over 20,000 species, and is also one of the most developed families. It was named Compositae because the flowers are actually a “composite” of many individual flowers into one head. Hence, when children pull one “petal” off at a time, saying “she/he loves me, loves me not”, they are actually removing a complete flower, not just a petal.
Leaves often wilt before flowers. Keep solution clean.
Flowers should be harvested when they are fully open.