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English Daisy Bellis perennis


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English Daisy
credit: Willow/CCSA

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Alternate name: Lawndaisy

Family: Asteraceae, Aster view all from this family

Description Exotic herbaceous perennial; sometimes evergreen; spreads by rhizome, may form large colonies.
Habit: low, mat-forming to prostrate; upright leafless stems.
Height: 1-4 in (2-10 cm) tall, rarely to 8 in (20 cm).
Leaf: small, oval, 1-2 in (2-5 cm) long, in basal rosette.
Flower: flowerhead 1-1.5 in (2-3 cm) wide; rays narrow, rounded or pointed, white (often tipped red); around a yellow disc; flowering spring to summer.

Habitat Meadows, lawns, disturbed sites, waste places, roadsides; moist sites.

Range Native to Europe; naturalized in the northern part of North America to 1600 ft (500 m); on the west coast, from Alaska to California, east to Utah, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota; in the northeast, from Newfoundland to North Carolina, west to Ontario, Minnesota, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee; also cultivated as an ornamental.

Discussion Also known as: common daisy, European daisy, lawn daisy. This plant is considered weedy or invasive in some locations; it recovers quickly from mowing. It is thought that the name "daisy" is a corruption of "day's eye", because the whole head closes at night and opens in the morning. Daisy is also a common girl's name and is a nickname for girls named Margaret, after the French name for the oxeye daisy, "marguerite".