Roots of the P.E.O. Marguerite
Just like the founding of P.E.O., the marguerite flower for P.E.O. has roots tied to Iowa.
“At the convention in Waterloo in 1893, Mrs. Siddie F. Richards (Thummel) suggested that a flower be chosen as the society flower, and moved that the matter be referred to the chapters, asking them to express a choice. At the following convention these flowers were suggested as the society flower: marguerite, calla, yellow and white roses, cosmos and daisy. The marguerite being the choice of the majority of the chapters, was chosen as the flower.”
— from “The Story of P.E.O.”, Volume I (1869-1923)