English daisy or a British Invasion?

Garden varieties with fluffier white, pink or pinkish red flowers, and more mounding foliar growth, are popular annuals. With grooming, they might survive as short term perennials. The more familiar form of English daisy, Bellis perennis, though, is a persistent perennial that commonly infests lawns. Stems stay very low. Flowers are white with yellow centers. 

Some consider English daisy to be a noxious weed in turf. Others like its random drifts of white bloom on otherwise plain lawns. English daisy works nicely as a rustic component of mixed perennials too. The common weedy form is unavailable in nurseries, but is very easy to divide from established colonies. Once established, it is impossible to eradicate.

Bloom is most profuse about now, and can continue in random minor phases until cooler weather late in autumn. Sporadic bloom is possible during winter. Warm and dry weather during summer can inhibit bloom temporarily. English daisy prefers partially shaded sites and steady watering. Flowers are an inch wide. The spatulate leaves are less than two inches long.

9 thoughts on “English Daisy

    1. That seems to be instinctual behavior for little girls. If daisies are not available, they use what they can find. My #4 and #5 sisters did it with common thrift. English daisies bloom on very short stems.

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      1. They have resilient but flexible stems – that’s what you need. Children used to pass along old lore in the playground when I was little. I wonder if it is still the same.

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      2. Someone I work with who is ten years younger than I am, and who grew up hundreds of miles away, made the same terrifyingly dangerous darts that we used to make by sticking a spike from a Phoenix canariensis through a lemon. We threw them up into the air to see them impale a lawn . . . or whatever the happened to land on. We were not the first kids to do it. His generation was not likely the last. I do not know how we learn about such things, but we do.

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