Bellis perennis also known as the Common Daisy to Meadow Daisy, Lawn Daisy, Bruisewort, Woundwort, or English Daisy. It is a spring bedding flower. It has daisy-like flowers with yellow centers. Bellis perennis is part of the Asteraceae family of plants. It is native to Europe.
There are varieties with shades of white or pink and sometimes reddish pink flowers. It is an herbaceous perennial. It has short creeping rhizomes. Usually, they grow on lawns and they easily colonize lawns.
They are good ground covers. They usually plant them mixed with spring bulbs and other flowers.
How to grow Bellis perennis:
Bellis perennis flowers throughout summer, especially if you constantly deadhead them. Grow them in full sun or partial shade. They like well-drained soil. They can be biennial or perennial. Bellis perennis is one of the most popular spring border flowers. You can propagate Bellis perennis from divisions or seeds. Bellis perennis is easy growing and pest free. Many varieties are cultivated. There are single and double varieties. They are usually treated as biennials.
Bellis perennis as food and medicine:
These daisies are edible. They consume the young leaves as salad and flowers are eaten in salads or soups or tea. They also use it in herbal medicine as an astringent. Romans used to extract the juice from flowers and soak the bandages to help heal wounds. In Austria, they use it as a tea for disorders of gastrointestinal.