Common Daisy, English Daisy, Madeliefie (Afr.)
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Humble and cheerful, the attractive lawn daisy is known by most as a symbol of innocence, a feature of children's games, a pretty addition to most gardens and as a weed. Though it is seen as invasive, the species is still considered a valuable ground cover, important in both beds and borders, in certain temperate garden settings. Not only ornamental, this daisy is also used in the culinary and medicinal application.
The plant is harvested while in flower when intended for use in homeopathy. Harvest flowers and leaves as needed in season, preferably in the morning. When harvesting seed; it is important to allow the seed head to completely ripen before picking it from the plant. It will turn brown and may crack when it’s ripe. Cut the stem at the base of the plant and enclose the seed head end in a paper bag, secured with string.
Propagated by seed after the last frost. Sow seed in early spring.
Propagated by division after flowering. The divisions can be planted straight out into their permanent positions.
Great plant for containers since this prevents spreading, provide sufficient water and drainage holes.
Attracts useful insects
Insects such as bees, flies, butterflies and beetles.
Western, central and northern Europe.
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
It has astringent properties and has been used in herbal medicine. Used in homoeopathy for wounds and after certain surgical procedures, as well as for blunt trauma in animals.
It may be used as a potherb. Young leaves can be eaten raw in salads or cooked. Flower buds and petals can be eaten raw in sandwiches, soups and salads. Used as a tea and as a vitamin supplement.
Generally pest free. Diseases include fungal leaf spot and rust.