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Daisy Bush

Olearia x haastii

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Also in this family:
Alpine Blue Sow-thistle, Alpine Cotula, Alpine Fleabane, Alpine Saw-wort, Annual Ragweed, Annual Sunflower, Argentine Fleabane, Autumn Hawkbit, Autumn Oxeye, Beaked Hawksbeard, Beggarticks, Bilbao Fleabane, Black Knapweed, Black-eyed Susan, Blanketflower, Blue Fleabane, Blue Globe-thistle, Bristly Oxtongue, Broad-leaved Cudweed, Broad-leaved Ragwort, Brown Knapweed, Butterbur, Buttonweed, Cabbage Thistle, Canadian Fleabane, Canadian Goldenrod, Carline Thistle, Chalk Knapweed, Chamois Ragwort, Changing Michaelmas Daisy, Chicory, Chinese Mugwort, Chinese Ragwort, Coltsfoot, Common Blue Sow-thistle, Common Cat's-ear, Common Cudweed, Common Daisy, Common Dandelion, Common Fleabane, Common Goldenrod, Common Groundsel, Common Michaelmas Daisy, Common Mugwort, Common Ragwort, Common Wormwood, Coneflower, Confused Michaelmas Daisy, Corn Chamomile, Corn Marigold, Cornflower, Cotton Thistle, Cottonweed, Creeping Thistle, Dwarf Cudweed, Dwarf Thistle, Early Goldenrod, Eastern Groundsel, Eastern Leopardsbane, Elecampane, English Hawkweed, Fen Ragwort, Feverfew, Field Fleawort, Field Wormwood, Fox and Cubs, French Tarragon, Gallant Soldier, Garden Lettuce, Giant Butterbur, Glabrous-headed Hawkweed, Glandular Globe-thistle, Glaucous Michaelmas Daisy, Globe Artichoke, Globe-thistle, Goat's Beard, Golden Ragwort, Golden Samphire, Goldilocks Aster, Grass-leaved Goldenrod, Great Lettuce, Greater Burdock, Greater Knapweed, Grey-headed Hawkweed, Guernsey Fleabane, Hairless Blue Sow-thistle, Hairless Leptinella, Hairy Michaelmas Daisy, Harpur Crewe's Leopardsbane, Hawkweed Oxtongue, Heath Cudweed, Heath Groundsel, Hemp Agrimony, Highland Cudweed, Hoary Mugwort, Hoary Ragwort, Hybrid Knapweed, Intermediate Burdock, Irish Fleabane, Jersey Cudweed, Jerusalem Artichoke, Lance-leaved Hawkweed, Lavender-cotton, Leafless Hawksbeard, Least Lettuce, Leopardplant, Leopardsbane, Leptinella, Lesser Burdock, Lesser Hawkbit, Lesser Sunflower, London Bur-marigold, Magellan Ragwort, Marsh Cudweed, Marsh Hawksbeard, Marsh Ragwort, Marsh Sow-thistle, Marsh Thistle, Meadow Thistle, Melancholy Thistle, Mexican Fleabane, Milk Thistle, Mountain Everlasting, Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Musk Thistle, Narrow-leaved Cudweed, Narrow-leaved Hawkweed, Narrow-leaved Michaelmas Daisy, Narrow-leaved Ragwort, New England Hawkweed, New Zealand Holly, Nipplewort, Nodding Bur-marigold, Northern Hawksbeard, Norwegian Mugwort, Oxeye Daisy, Oxford Ragwort, Pearly Everlasting, Perennial Cornflower, Perennial Ragweed, Perennial Sow-thistle, Perennial Sunflower, Pineapple Mayweed, Plantain-leaved Leopardsbane, Ploughman's Spikenard, Plymouth Thistle, Pontic Blue Sow-thistle, Pot Marigold, Prickly Lettuce, Prickly Sow-thistle, Purple Coltsfoot, Rayed Tansy, Red Star Thistle, Red-seeded Dandelion, Red-tipped Cudweed, Robin's Plantain, Roman Chamomile, Rough Cocklebur, Rough Hawkbit, Rough Hawksbeard, Russian Lettuce, Safflower, Salsify, Saw-wort, Scented Mayweed, Scentless Mayweed, Sea Aster, Sea Mayweed, Sea Wormwood, Seaside Daisy, Shaggy Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Shaggy Soldier, Shasta Daisy, Shetland Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Shrub Ragwort, Sicilian Chamomile, Silver Ragwort, Slender Mugwort, Slender Thistle, Small Cudweed, Small Fleabane, Smooth Cat's-ear, Smooth Hawksbeard, Smooth Sow-thistle, Sneezeweed, Sneezewort, Spear Thistle, Spotted Cat's-ear, Spotted Hawkweed, Sticky Groundsel, Stinking Chamomile, Stinking Hawksbeard, Tall Fleabane, Tall Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Tansy, Thin-leaved Sunflower, Trifid Bur-marigold, Tuberous Thistle, Tyneside Leopardplant, Viper's Grass, Wall Lettuce, Welsh Groundsel, Welted Thistle, White Butterbur, White Buttons, Willdenow's Leopardsbane, Winter Heliotrope, Wood Burdock, Wood Ragwort, Woody Fleabane, Woolly Thistle, Yarrow, Yellow Chamomile, Yellow Fox and Cubs, Yellow Oxeye, Yellow Star Thistle, Yellow Thistle, York Groundsel
Evergreen shrub
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
2 metres tall
Gardens, grassland, walls, wasteland, woodland.

White, 5 petals
Daisy-like flowers with yellow centres. Insect pollinated.
The fruit is narrowly oval, slightly compressed and contains one seed. The seeds ripen in August and September.
Smooth, flat, untoothed, oval, dark green leaves which are glossy above and felted below. Perennial.
The flowers are fragrant.
Other Names:
Haast's Aster, Haast's Daisy.
Frequency (UK):

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Other Information


Olearia x haastii, also known as Haast's daisy or Haast's aster, is a hybrid species of flowering plant in the family Asteraceae. It is native to New Zealand and is a cross between Olearia ilicifolia and Olearia oporina. O. x haastii is a shrub that grows to a height of up to 3 meters. It has long, narrow, green leaves and small, white or pink flowers that bloom in the summer. The plant is valued for its ornamental value and is commonly grown in gardens and parks. It is also used as a food source and is an important habitat plant for a variety of wildlife species. O. x haastii is known for its ability to tolerate a wide range of growing conditions, including dry and wet soils, and is resistant to pests and diseases.


Olearia x haastii, commonly known as the Daisy Bush, is a beautiful and unique shrub native to New Zealand. This evergreen shrub belongs to the Asteraceae family and is a hybrid of two other Olearia species. It is prized for its stunning white, daisy-like flowers that bloom from spring to summer and for its bright green leaves that provide a nice contrast to the white flowers.

The Daisy Bush can grow up to 3 meters tall and 3 meters wide, making it a great choice for a large garden or as a focal point in a smaller garden. It can also be used as a hedge or a screen, as it grows relatively fast and can provide privacy and protection from the wind. The shrub is hardy and can withstand cold temperatures, making it a great option for gardens in cooler climates.

When it comes to caring for the Daisy Bush, it is relatively low maintenance and easy to grow. It prefers well-drained soil and full sun, but can also tolerate partial shade. It is also drought tolerant, making it a great choice for gardeners who do not have a lot of time to water their plants.

The Daisy Bush is also a great choice for gardeners who are looking for a low-maintenance and low-allergy option. It is not known to cause any allergies and is not attractive to most pests, making it a great choice for gardens with children or pets.

In addition to its beautiful appearance, the Daisy Bush is also an important source of food and shelter for a variety of wildlife. Its white, daisy-like flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, while its dense foliage provides shelter and protection for birds and other small animals. This makes the Daisy Bush a great addition to any garden that is interested in supporting local wildlife and promoting biodiversity.

Another benefit of the Daisy Bush is its versatility. It can be pruned and trained into a variety of shapes, making it a great option for gardeners who want to create different garden designs and styles. This versatility also makes it a great choice for gardeners who are looking for a shrub that can adapt to changing garden designs and styles over time.

Finally, the Daisy Bush is also a great option for gardeners who are interested in using native plants in their gardens. As a native species to New Zealand, the Daisy Bush is well-adapted to the local climate and soil conditions and does not require a lot of extra care or maintenance. This makes it a great choice for gardeners who are looking for low-maintenance, native plants that support local wildlife and promote biodiversity.

Aside from its ornamental qualities, the Daisy Bush also has potential for use in landscaping and horticulture. Its fast growth rate, hardiness, and tolerance for a variety of conditions make it a great option for use in landscaping projects, such as creating hedges, screens, or borders. The shrub is also well-suited for use in mass plantings, such as in parks or public gardens, where its attractive appearance and low maintenance requirements make it a popular choice.

In terms of horticulture, the Daisy Bush has potential for use as a cut flower or for dried arrangements. Its long-lasting, white, daisy-like flowers provide a unique and beautiful addition to any bouquet or dried arrangement, making it a great choice for florists and gardeners who enjoy working with flowers.

Another potential use of the Daisy Bush is in the production of essential oils. The shrub is known to produce a variety of aromatic compounds that have potential for use in perfumes, soaps, and other personal care products. The exact composition of these compounds is still being researched, but it is believed that the Daisy Bush has potential for use as a source of natural fragrances in the future.

Finally, it's worth mentioning that the Daisy Bush is a relatively unknown plant outside of its native range in New Zealand. This is unfortunate, as it is a truly special plant that deserves to be recognized and appreciated by a wider audience. As more people learn about the Daisy Bush and its many benefits, it is likely that its popularity will continue to grow, and that it will become a more widely cultivated shrub around the world.

In conclusion, the Daisy Bush, or Olearia x haastii, is a unique and beautiful shrub with many benefits. Whether you're looking for a low-maintenance ornamental shrub, a source of food and shelter for wildlife, a versatile plant for landscaping or horticulture, or a potential source of natural fragrances, the Daisy Bush is definitely worth considering.

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