Hymenoxys herbacea (Lakeside daisy)
Hymenoxys herbacea or hymenoxys acaulis

Zone: 3 to 6

Soil: well drained

Light: Full sun

Bloom colour: Yellow

Bloom period: Late spring

Height: 8 inches

Moisture: Dry to medium

Attracts: Bees

Notes: This plant is rare, especially in the United States where it exists at only 6 sites around the great lakes. More than 90% of all lakeside daisy is found on alvars in Ontario where it grows in the cracks between the rocks because there is little competition from other plants. This plant is tough in that it can easily survive flooding, drought, thin soils and exposure to extreme weather conditions.

It also happens to make a perfect front of the border or rock garden plant when the conditions are right. It needs full sun and well drained soil. The flowers are large for a plant that only grows 8 inches high. The blooms appear in late spring and when they are spent, the basal rosettes that remain provide a fine green border demarquation to offset taller perennials. The rosettes remain all winter allowing this plant to bloom early. This plant can spread by rhizomes and by reseeding.

This plant is often called Tetraneuris herbacea, which is considered to be the most up to date name.

Lakeside daisy
Hymenoxyxs flower
The lakeside daisy has flowers that are similar to lance-leaved coreopsis.
Hymenoxys with Nomada sp.
A species of nomada that takes advantage of the early flowers.
Hymenoxys herbacea with basal rosettes of leaves
Lakeside daisy with their basal rosette of leaves. In this garden, they are growing in combination with dwarf lake iris.