Both the daisy and the sweet pea are known as the April birth flower.

Both the daisy and the sweet pea are known as the April birth flower.

Both the daisy and sweet pea are April birth flowers. The qualities of childhood innocence and modesty are typically associated with the daisy. Colorful, gerbera daisies, which are native to South Africa, are popular cut flowers that also convey a message of cheerfulness. The fragrant sweet pea is an alternate birth flower for the month of April. Sweet peas symbolize blissful pleasure and are commonly used as cut flowers or in flower corsages.

Shasta Daisy

The familiar Shasta daisy with the yellow center and white petals is native to Central, Western and Northern Europe. The flower attracts small insects but suffers few plant diseases. Other varieties of daisies grow in different colors including yellow, pink and purple. Cut daisies kept in fresh water and placed where they get plenty of sunlight can last for weeks in a vase. As a perennial garden flower, the daisy is easy to grow as long as the soil is well drained and the plant gets sunlight to bloom.

Gerbera Daisy

Gerbera daisies were first cultivated in North America in the 1920s. Eventually, horticulturists developed long-stemmed varieties grown in greenhouses for the cut flower market. Although growers in California and Florida still produce gerbera daisies, most gerberas sold in the U.S. today are imported from Columbia and other South American countries. Americans buy about 200 million gerbera daisies each year, according to Amy Stewart, author of “Flower Confidential." The Netherlands is another top producer of gerbera daisies for the global cut-flower industry.

Daisy Symbolism

Daisy comes from the Anglo-Saxon word meaning “day’s eye.” Petals that open at dawn and close when the sun goes down give the flower its name. Symbolism associated with the daisy dates back to Roman mythology. According to ancient legend, the woodland nymph Belides changed herself into a daisy to escape the unwanted attention of Vertumnus, the Roman god of the seasons. A popular tradition during the Victorian Era was for a young woman to pick daisies with her eyes closed. The number of flowers she held in her hand predicted how many more years would pass before she married.

Sweet Pea

With more than 250 varieties, sweet peas are available in the colors red, white, lavender, blue and pink. Producing yellow sweet peas takes careful breeding and can be difficult to achieve. Sweet peas are climbing plants that make lovely cut flower bouquets. If you change the water every day, the flowers can last up to a week. Unlike the daisy, which can experience pest problems, sweet peas are most sensitive to the heat. Ruffled blossoms that grow in clusters are other characteristics of the sweet pea.

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