Common Daisy

Bellis perennis

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Common Daisy - Photo by Michael Spiller

Conservation Status

Green, least concern

Best Time to See

March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October

Natural Habitat

Grassland

A common sight across the UK, the Daisy is a delightful sign that spring has arrived and summer is on its way.

Each flower has a rosette of small, thin white petals surrounding a bright yellow centre. These are supported by a single stem which grows from a group of dark green rounded leaves. The petals can sometimes be tinged with pink.

It is a common wild flower found growing in our garden lawns. If we reduce the frequency of mowing, Daises will flower more and provide a valuable food source for hoverflies, honeybees and bumblebees.

Where to find Daisies.
Daises are one of the most widespread wild flowers in the UK. It grows in short grassland and meadows on any soil type. They can tolerate mowing, grazing and trampling.

How’s it doing?
A very commonly found wild flower.

Did you know?

  • The name ‘daisy’ derives from ‘day’s eye’ – referring to this humble wildflower’s tendency to open when the sun rises and close when it sets.
  • Daisies have often been used to make ‘daisy chains’ by joining the flowers and stalks and then into pretty necklaces and bracelets.
  • The down-to-earth nature of daisies is reflected in language: “daisy roots” is slang for “boots” and “kicking up the daisies” is a term used describe those who have given up gardening once and for all.

www.plantlife.org.uk for more information

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