It is an evergreen perennial forming rosettes of dark green, spoon-shaped leaves, with small, solitary, yellow-centred, pink-tinged, white daisies in late spring and summer
English daisy bears stems topped with a single white, daisy-like flower. The flowers are tinged maroon and yellow; but cultivars are available with single, semi-double, or double button flowers in shades of white, pink, salmon, and ruby. The plant s smooth, spoon-shaped leaves form neat rosettes. This carpeting perennial is often grown as a biennial. Its many cultivars are used for bedding out or container displays.
Bellis are perennials forming a rosette of spoon-shaped leaves, with daisy-like flower-heads, often double in cultivars, from early spring to late summer
Common name: Daisy, Lawndaisy, English Daisy
Color: Pink, White.
Bloom time: Early summer, Late spring
Height: upto 60 cm
Difficulty level: Easy
Planting & Care
The plants come in a wide range of colours on the red-white side of the colour wheel, ranging from reds and pinks through to whites with a few salmons thrown in for good measure.
The trick to keeping Bellis perennis blooming for a very long time (well into the summer) is to regularly remove the fading flowers. When the plant stops producing large amounts of new flowers, allow the remaining ones to set seed for next year’s plant production.
Sunlight: full sun or light shade
Soil: Well-drained Loam, Sand pH :Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Water: Water regularly and thoroughly. English Daisies do no like to dry out!
Temprature: Moderate fertilization levels are required.
Fertilizer: Feed monthly during the growing season using any good, all-purpose fertilizer.
- Water during the summer only if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week.
- After the first killing frost, cut stems back to an inch or two above the soil line.
- Every spring, apply some compost and mulch to help control weeds.
- Every 3 to 4 years, divide perennials again in early spring or late summer.
- The flowers and leaves can be used fresh in decoctions, ointments and poultices for treating wounds and also boils.
- A mild decoction of the flowers may ease complaints of the respiratory tract, including coughs.
- An ointment made from the leaves can be applied externally to wounds and bruises.
- Although somewhat acidic to taste, the leaves are edible.
- These can be used as a pot herb or added to salads.
- Although often considered to be a weed of lawns, Bellis perennis is a valuable addition to grassland areas managed for wild flowers and wildlife.
- There are many compact cultivars which are used for ornamental bedding displays.