The Lakeside daisy is a perennial herb (3) (5) that has a relatively narrow flowering period (3) of just a week or so (6) in the spring (2). In the Lakeside Daisy State Nature Preserve in Ohio, this species is known to be in bloom from late April to mid-May (6), whereas the colony in Michigan tends to flower between late May and early June (3). The flower heads of the Lakeside daisy turn throughout the day to follow the path of the sun across the sky (6).
An inhabitant of dry grassland (3) (4) (6), the Lakeside daisy has thick, rubbery leaves which can store water, enabling the plant to survive droughts (2).
The Lakeside daisy is typically pollinated by bumble bees (Bombus species), small carpenter bees (Ceratina species) and halictid bees (Halictidae), although wind pollination may also occur (3) (6). The seeds of the Lakeside daisy are scattered by the wind (2), dispersing much like those of dandelions (6). Interestingly, the Lakeside daisy is also capable of reproducing vegetatively through rhizomes growing from its tap-root, which is a large, relatively straight root (6).