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Thursday, 4 September 2014

FFF 146 - ENGLISH DAISIES

Bellis perennis is a common European species of daisy, of the Asteraceae family, often considered the archetypal species of that name. Many related plants also share the name "daisy", so to distinguish this species from other daisies it is sometimes qualified as common daisy, lawn daisy or English daisy.

Historically, it has also been commonly known as bruisewort and occasionally woundwort (although the common name woundwort is now more closely associated with Stachys). Bellis perennis is native to western, central and northern Europe, but widely naturalised in most temperate regions including the Americas and Australasia.

B. perennis generally blooms from early to midsummer, although when grown under ideal conditions, they have a very long flowering season and will even produce a few flowers in the middle of mild winters. Numerous single- and double-flowered varieties are in cultivation, producing flat or spherical blooms in a range of sizes (1 cm to 6 cm) and colours (red, pink & white). They are generally grown from seed as biennial bedding plants. They can also be purchased as plugs in Spring. The cultivar 'Tasso series' has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

This daisy may be used as a potherb. Young leaves can be eaten raw in salads or cooked, noting that the leaves become increasingly astringent with age. Flower buds and petals can be eaten raw in sandwiches, soups and salads. It is also used as a tea and as a vitamin supplement.


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12 comments:

  1. I have white bellies but they are not nearly as beautiful as these.

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  2. Such lovely little flowers ! Great photo !
    Greetings

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  3. thy look very different from the American daisy (and Dutch as well)! Thanks for hosting

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  4. Very lovely and much more filled than the bellies in my garden...

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  5. So simple and oh so beautiful.
    Thank you for hosting Nick!
    Shane

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  6. Didn't know they were edible. They are so pretty!

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  7. Did not know about being edible and the ID of these flowers. They are pretty and beautifully captured.

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  8. These are lovely! I've only seen the white ones here.

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  9. This flower would be a lovely addition to a cake as decoration. I am glad to know it's edible.

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