• Bellis perennis | Daisy

    Posted on February 2, 2014 by in Wildflowers

    Daisy flowers have many names

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    Bellis perennis, daisy, white, photographed June 2013 in grass on Seaford Head

    This common white flower with an iconic yellow centre is known common daisy, lawn daisy, English daisy and bruisewort. I hear that historically it was traditional to mash up flowers & apply to broken veins in face to improve complexion. I have no idea whether this has any modern validity!

    I love the illustration below by Walter Crane (I’m a sucker for Victoriana like this!) “And Chaucer’s Daisy small and sweet – Si douce est la Margerete”

    bellis perennis daisy

    The daisy flower represents innocence in the language of flowers.