Engelmann’s Daisy, Cutleaf Daisy

Engelmannia peristenia (Raf.) Goodman & C.A. Lawson

Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)


A cool-season perennial which can reach up to three feet or 0.9 m tall from a wintering basal rosette with several erect to spreading stems forming a rounded crown. It has a deep taproot and deeply lobed leaves reaching up to 10 inches or 25.4 cm, mostly basal with long stalks. Leaves and stalks are shorter as you go up the stem. The leaves and stems are covered with stiff hairs. Numerous long-stalked flower heads bloom from March to July with 8-10 yellow rays that are indented at the tip and numerous disk flowers. The ray flowers expand in the late afternoon and fold under the following morning in intense sunlight.    Engelmann’s Daisy has high palatability for livestock which benefit from the high protein and digestibility of this species. Crude protein can reach up to 25 percent in the early spring. Wildlife species, such as deer and rabbits, also forage on this plant. It provides cover for small mammals and many bird species. Birds will consume the seeds.


Adapted to a wide range of climates and soil types; exceptionally drought-tolerant. It prefers sandy and clay loam best and does not do well in heavy clays, saline, or deep sands. Engelmann’s Daisy is often planted on sloped areas such as roadsides to reduce the potential for soil erosion.