Lawn Daisy

Bellis perennis

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.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Spring

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

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.

Propagation

Seed

Propagated by seed after the last frost. Sow seed in early spring.

Division

Propagated by division after flowering. The divisions can be planted straight out into their permanent positions.

Special features

Pot plant

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.

Special features

Origin

Western, central and northern Europe.

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Medicinal

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.

Edible

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.

Personality

Family

Asteraceae

Flower colour

White, Yellow

Scent

None

Problems

Generally pest free. Diseases include fungal leaf spot and rust.

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