Tahoka Daisy


     "As early as 1898 Mrs. Jack Alley, wife of the foreman of  Colonel C.C. Slaughter's Tahoka Lake Ranch, noticed  a little wildflower, lavender blue with a yellow center, growing near the lake. 

     Then, twenty-five years later, Mrs. W.A. Myrick, Sr.  of Lubbock became enraptured with the plant and called it the Tahoka Daisy.  Through her promotion, Burpee's of Clinton, Iowa included the seed in its catalog.

     Tahoka Rotary Club members, principally Alton Cain, carried sample packets to Rotary International conventions and distributed the seed to delegates
 from every state in the Union and many foreign countries."

Above Experpt From:
 "Grassroots Upside Down: A History of Lynn County"
 by Frank P. Hill and Pat Hill Jacobs

 Prairie Aster - Machaeranthera tanacetifolia

This beautiful wildflower is native to the South Plains of Texas.  It was first discovered growing at Tahoka Lake 
in 1898. 
 The Tahoka Daisy is an aster-family wildflower with two inch lavender-blue flowers, a golden-yellow center, and lovely green, fern-like foliage.  It enjoys full sun and blooms from mid-spring until frost.  

         A hardy upright to sprawling annual native to the mid-western United States. This variety is easy to recognize by the dense, compact leaves which are deeply divided into many narrow segments. The flowers are a beautiful lavender with bright yellow centers, each at the top of a leafy stem. Prefers sandy or gravelly soil in full sun.

Average planting success with this species: 60%
Height: 12-18 inches
Germination: 15-45 days
Optimum soil temperature for germination: 55-65F
Sowing depth: 1/16"
Blooming period: May-September

     Information from Wildseed Farms. Wildseed Farms is our provider for Tahoka Daisy seeds. 

The City of Tahoka will provide one seed packet without charge.  For one packet of Tahoka Daisy seeds email your request to Retha Pittman  [email protected]

Tahoka Daisy Information card by Meredith Pittman