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A very common flower of short grazed of mown turf.


 

Daisy: chains of flowers

Post date: Saturday, 7 February, 2015 - 00:00

The ubiquitous and humble common daisy (Bellis perennis) is one of the first flowers we can name when, as youngsters, we are taught to make daisy chains! When a bit older we pull the petals off one by one saying "She loves me, she loves me not" or "He loves me ....!".

Love them or hate them if you have a lawn you almost certainly have the daisy growing there. Surely everyone has daisies on their lawn apart from one of my neighbours whose lawn is like astro-turf. Cutting the grass gets rid of them for an hour or two but it is not long before those familiar white and yellow flowers reappear.The name daisy comes from a corruption of the 'day's eye', the flowers close up at night and open during the day.

The books say that the daisy flowers from March to October but here in Dorset, the soft south, you can see daisies in flower at any time of the year. They prefer short grazed (or mown) turf everywhere and they are so familiar we take them for granted but looked at close up they are attractive little flowers.

The flowers have homeopathic uses in treating cuts and bruises. The leaves can be eaten in salads and can be dried and made in to a tea, both are considered goos for digestive problems.


 

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Daisy
Scientific Name Bellis perennis
Family Daisy family - Compositae
Status Abundant
Interest Level
1
Species Family Daisy Family - Compositae
Flower Colour Group White
Visible
  • 01 - January
  • 02 - February
  • 03 - March
  • 04 - April
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
  • 10 - October
  • 11 - November
  • 12 - December
Preferred Environment
Look for The familiar small flower with with petals around an orange centre
Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

This species is often found in these habitats:

Habitat(s) Relationship
BF: Fringes - roadsides, bare ground & wasteland Associated