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Shape: The Common Bellis Perennis Daisy has a small rosette of thin white petals (sometimes tinged pink) surrounding a bright yellow centre. The rosette is supported on a single stem.
Family: Asteraceae Genus: Bellis
Main Species: Common Daisy (Bellis perennis)
Other Names: Lawn Daisy, Common Daisy, Mary’s Rose, Bruisewort
Most Active Growing: April through to September
Weed Type: Perennial
The Common Daisy Bellis Perrennis is a common lawn weed and is a native European plant, but has spread as far afield as Asia and North America. Interestingly Bellis seems to come from bellus, Latin for “pretty”, and perennis is Latin for “everlasting”. Which sums up this plant in more ways than one.
However, this small white and yellow ‘rossetted flower’ is often the bain of lawn keepers everywhere, who want to rid their lawns of daisies and should not be confused with the now popular ‘Bellis Daisy’. This daisy is, botanically bred from Bellis Perennis the ‘wild daisies’ and used to fill garden beds, rock gardens, patio pots etc….
Our common Bellis perennis daisy has leaves that are small, very dark green which are rounded to ‘spoon shaped’ in looks. Measuring ¾ – 2’in (2-5 cm) long. They grow from a central rosette on a ‘single’ hairy stalk, bearing a small ‘rosette’ of thin white petals, which surrounds a bright yellow centre. Often the white petals are ‘tinged’ with pink.
The common daisy (Bellis perennis) spreads via short underground ‘runners’ called rhizomes. Eventually, a low-growing, dense mat forms that tolerate regular and close mowing. Be careful though, as once established, they will out-compete and smother fine lawn areas.
N.B Removal of the Bellis Perennis Daisy both chemically and naturally and lots more information on this tiny little plant, is covered in our post How to Remove Daisies From a Lawn
Animals are at risk of getting sick if they chew on daisies (Bellis perennis and Anthemis cotula). When daisies are consumed raw, animals may develop contact dermatitis, vomit, have diarrhoea, become anorexic, or experience allergic reactions or prolonged bleeding.
Chrysanthemums (daisies) are toxic to children, and it is said they may cause skin rashes, blisters, and other issues.
It is reported that wild daisy tea may be used to treat coughs, bronchitis, liver and kidney disorders, and inflammation (swelling).
It may also be used as a drying agent (astringent) or as a ‘blood purifier.’ Some people use homoeopathic wild daisies in order to prevent problems during childbirth, pain and bleeding, and minor bleeding
We have added a little more information on this page about the Common Bellis Perennis Daisy. However, the majority of information is found in our post about the removal of daisies from your lawn. Please follow the link as shown above.
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