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Bellis perennis (daisy)

The humble yet cheerfully attractive daisy is familiar to most people as a weed of lawns and as a feature of children's games.
Close up of the centre of a daisy flower

Bellis perennis (daisy)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Bellis perennis L.

Common name: 

daisy

Conservation status: 

Widespread and common.

Habitat: 

Temperate grassland.

Key Uses: 

Ornamental, medicinal.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Asteranae
Order: 
Asterales
Family: 
Compositae/Asteraceae
Genus: Bellis

About this species

Daisy is a perennial plant, and flowers for much of the year. The upturned flower heads look like single flowers, but actually consist of a number of small, tightly packed individual flowers or 'florets'; this arrangement is a type of inflorescence known as a 'capitulum'. The capitula open at dawn, are visited by many small insects, and are also used by children to make daisy chains. The plant was described by Chaucer as the 'day’s eye', and 'the emperice and flour of floures alle'.

Genus: 
Bellis

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