70419Once it gets into a lawn, English daisy, Bellis perennis, can be very difficult to get rid of without leaving bald spots. The thin but tough rhizomes creep along the ground, producing rounded leaves that get no longer than two inches. Mowers barely scratch the surface. English daisy seems to prefer partly shaded areas to drier sunny spots. Although invasive, it can be pretty in informal lawns.

The inch wide white flowers with yellow centers bloom in phases throughout the year. They are least abundant during cool winter weather, and most abundant about now, as weather gets warmer in spring. Garden varieties have more clumping growth, and slightly larger white, pink or rosy red flowers, all with yellow centers. Some have plumply double flowers. They are grown as flowering annuals, but can perform for a few years as light duty perennials.

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17 thoughts on “English Daisy

  1. Oh the daisy…I have them all over my lawn. I cut out loads last year feeling very proud of my handy work….then this year….they’re here once more! I decided to try and like them as they add a splash of colour I suppose. I think live and let live now. X

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  2. As a child, I used to make daisy chains out of these when visiting my grandparents in England, so they are very nostalgic to me, and if I could put them in my lawn, I would. (That must sound crazy to some.) My grandfather hated them, though.

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    1. It is not that crazy. I tried to take some of these to grow in a pot, rather than the fancier garden varieties. However, the roots that I pulled up were those of dandelion.

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  3. Makes me laugh that you call them “English” Daisies!…I love them all over the lawn…here in France, there is no chance of the beautiful striped British lawns…so the daisies and the creeping celandine add some colour!! I too remember Daisy chains in my youth…long hot summers with seemingly endless time!

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    1. A few specie that are known as English are not really English, but happened to be identified by English botanists who like to the credit for them, especially if they came from British colonies.

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      1. Are you referring to British Colonialism or the voraciousness of English daisy, . . . or to Dixie, the Queen Rat Terrier in the illustration for the article for yesterday?

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      1. It’s the common name for Ranunculus acris. Kids here hold them each other’s chins. If it reflects yellow, it ‘mean’ you like butter!

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