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Common Daisy

Bellis perennis

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
(in flower all year round)
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Also in this family:
Alpine Blue Sow-thistle, Alpine Cotula, Alpine Fleabane, Alpine Saw-wort, Annual Ragweed, Annual Sunflower, Argentine Fleabane, Autumn Hawkbit, Autumn Oxeye, Beaked Hawksbeard, Beggarticks, Bilbao Fleabane, Black Knapweed, Black-eyed Susan, Blanketflower, Blue Fleabane, Blue Globe-thistle, Bristly Oxtongue, Broad-leaved Cudweed, Broad-leaved Ragwort, Brown Knapweed, Butterbur, Buttonweed, Cabbage Thistle, Canadian Fleabane, Canadian Goldenrod, Carline Thistle, Chalk Knapweed, Chamois Ragwort, Changing Michaelmas Daisy, Chicory, Chinese Mugwort, Chinese Ragwort, Coltsfoot, Common Blue Sow-thistle, Common Cat's-ear, Common Cudweed, Common Dandelion, Common Fleabane, Common Goldenrod, Common Groundsel, Common Michaelmas Daisy, Common Mugwort, Common Ragwort, Common Wormwood, Coneflower, Confused Michaelmas Daisy, Corn Chamomile, Corn Marigold, Cornflower, Cotton Thistle, Cottonweed, Creeping Thistle, Daisy Bush, Dwarf Cudweed, Dwarf Thistle, Early Goldenrod, Eastern Groundsel, Eastern Leopardsbane, Elecampane, English Hawkweed, Fen Ragwort, Feverfew, Field Fleawort, Field Wormwood, Fox and Cubs, French Tarragon, Gallant Soldier, Garden Lettuce, Giant Butterbur, Glabrous-headed Hawkweed, Glandular Globe-thistle, Glaucous Michaelmas Daisy, Globe Artichoke, Globe-thistle, Goat's Beard, Golden Ragwort, Golden Samphire, Goldilocks Aster, Grass-leaved Goldenrod, Great Lettuce, Greater Burdock, Greater Knapweed, Grey-headed Hawkweed, Guernsey Fleabane, Hairless Blue Sow-thistle, Hairless Leptinella, Hairy Michaelmas Daisy, Harpur Crewe's Leopardsbane, Hawkweed Oxtongue, Heath Cudweed, Heath Groundsel, Hemp Agrimony, Highland Cudweed, Hoary Mugwort, Hoary Ragwort, Hybrid Knapweed, Intermediate Burdock, Irish Fleabane, Jersey Cudweed, Jerusalem Artichoke, Lance-leaved Hawkweed, Lavender-cotton, Leafless Hawksbeard, Least Lettuce, Leopardplant, Leopardsbane, Leptinella, Lesser Burdock, Lesser Hawkbit, Lesser Sunflower, London Bur-marigold, Magellan Ragwort, Marsh Cudweed, Marsh Hawksbeard, Marsh Ragwort, Marsh Sow-thistle, Marsh Thistle, Meadow Thistle, Melancholy Thistle, Mexican Fleabane, Milk Thistle, Mountain Everlasting, Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Musk Thistle, Narrow-leaved Cudweed, Narrow-leaved Hawkweed, Narrow-leaved Michaelmas Daisy, Narrow-leaved Ragwort, New England Hawkweed, New Zealand Holly, Nipplewort, Nodding Bur-marigold, Northern Hawksbeard, Norwegian Mugwort, Oxeye Daisy, Oxford Ragwort, Pearly Everlasting, Perennial Cornflower, Perennial Ragweed, Perennial Sow-thistle, Perennial Sunflower, Pineapple Mayweed, Plantain-leaved Leopardsbane, Ploughman's Spikenard, Plymouth Thistle, Pontic Blue Sow-thistle, Pot Marigold, Prickly Lettuce, Prickly Sow-thistle, Purple Coltsfoot, Rayed Tansy, Red Star Thistle, Red-seeded Dandelion, Red-tipped Cudweed, Robin's Plantain, Roman Chamomile, Rough Cocklebur, Rough Hawkbit, Rough Hawksbeard, Russian Lettuce, Safflower, Salsify, Saw-wort, Scented Mayweed, Scentless Mayweed, Sea Aster, Sea Mayweed, Sea Wormwood, Seaside Daisy, Shaggy Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Shaggy Soldier, Shasta Daisy, Shetland Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Shrub Ragwort, Sicilian Chamomile, Silver Ragwort, Slender Mugwort, Slender Thistle, Small Cudweed, Small Fleabane, Smooth Cat's-ear, Smooth Hawksbeard, Smooth Sow-thistle, Sneezeweed, Sneezewort, Spear Thistle, Spotted Cat's-ear, Spotted Hawkweed, Sticky Groundsel, Stinking Chamomile, Stinking Hawksbeard, Tall Fleabane, Tall Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Tansy, Thin-leaved Sunflower, Treasureflower, Trifid Bur-marigold, Tuberous Thistle, Tyneside Leopardplant, Viper's Grass, Wall Lettuce, Welsh Groundsel, Welted Thistle, White African Daisy, White Butterbur, White Buttons, Willdenow's Leopardsbane, Winter Heliotrope, Wood Burdock, Wood Ragwort, Woody Fleabane, Woolly Thistle, Yarrow, Yellow Chamomile, Yellow Fox and Cubs, Yellow Oxeye, Yellow Star Thistle, Yellow Thistle, York Groundsel
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
10 centimetres tall
Gardens, grassland, lawns, meadows, parks, roadsides, towns, wasteland.

White, many petals
Solitary on leafless stalks, sometimes the white petals are red-tipped, up to 2.5cm. The eye of the daisy is yellow. The word Daisy is derived from the fact that the flower opens in the morning and shuts at night; and hence it was considered as the day's eye (Daisy).
Minute light brown seeds.
Round, simple and finely toothed, up to 4cm.
Other Names:
Bruisewort, Daisy, English Daisy, Lawn Daisy, Perennial Daisy.
Frequency (UK):

Other Information


Bellis perennis is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa. It is commonly known as the common daisy or lawn daisy because it is often found in lawns and meadows. The plant has bright, yellow-center flowers with white petals and grows to be about 10-30 cm tall. It blooms in the spring and summer months and is often used as a decorative plant in gardens. Bellis perennis is also known for its medicinal properties and has been used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments.


Common daisies, also known as Bellis perennis, are a type of perennial flowering plant that are native to Europe and Asia. They are known for their bright white petals and yellow centers, and are often used as a symbol of innocence and purity.

Daisies are easy to grow and care for, making them a popular choice for gardens and floral arrangements. They prefer well-drained soil and full sun, but can also tolerate partial shade. They can be planted in the spring or fall, and will bloom from late spring to early summer.

One of the unique characteristics of common daisies is that they are actually composed of two different types of flowers. The outer white petals are actually ray flowers, while the yellow center is made up of disc flowers. This combination makes for a striking visual display, and is one of the reasons why daisies are so popular.

In addition to their beauty, common daisies also have a number of medicinal properties. They have been used to treat a variety of ailments, including skin conditions, digestive issues, and headaches. They are also a rich source of vitamin C, and have been used to boost the immune system.

If you're interested in adding common daisies to your garden, they can be easily propagated by dividing the root ball or by taking stem cuttings. They also can be seed, they will germinate in 7-14 days in soil temperatures of around 60F.

Another interesting thing to note about common daisies is that they have been used in traditional folk medicine for centuries. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used them to treat a wide range of ailments, including fevers, wounds, and skin conditions. The flowers and leaves were often made into teas, poultices, and ointments.

In addition to their medicinal properties, common daisies are also known for their symbolic meaning. They are often associated with innocence, purity, and new beginnings, making them a popular choice for wedding bouquets and other special occasions. They are also a symbol of childlike wonder and happiness, making them a great addition to any garden.

Common daisies are also popular with pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, providing a valuable source of nectar for these important insects. They are also a great choice for naturalizing wildflower meadows or for rock gardens.

When it comes to caring for common daisies, they are relatively low maintenance. They prefer well-drained soil and full sun, but can also tolerate partial shade. They should be watered regularly, especially during dry periods. To prolong blooming period, you can deadhead the spent blooms regularly by cutting off the spent flowers.

Another great thing about common daisies is that they can be used in a variety of different ways in the garden. They can be planted in borders, rock gardens, or wildflower meadows. They can also be used as a ground cover or as a filler in a mixed bed. They can be planted in groups or as a single specimen. They are also great for cutting gardens, providing a long lasting cut flower.

For a more natural look, you can allow the common daisies to self-seed in your garden. This will create a naturalized look with a blanket of daisies in the spring and early summer. They can also be used in cottage gardens, and are perfect for creating a romantic and charming ambiance.

Another great way to use common daisies is in container gardening. They can be planted in pots, window boxes, or hanging baskets. They are perfect for small spaces and can be used to add a pop of color to a balcony or patio. They also can be used in raised beds, and are perfect for gardens with limited space.

In conclusion, Common daisies are a beautiful and versatile flower that can be enjoyed in gardens, floral arrangements, and for medicinal purposes. They are easy to grow and care for, and will add a touch of color and beauty to any space. They can be used in a variety of different ways in the garden, and are perfect for naturalizing wildflower meadows, creating a romantic ambiance, or for container gardening. With proper care, they will bring a touch of color and beauty to any space for years to come.


The Common Daisy filmed in several locations in Spring 2023.


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