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UK Nature  > Wild Flowers  > White Wild Flowers  > Bellis perennis




Common Name:   Common Daisy
Scientific Name:   Bellis perennis

Perhaps one of our most familiar flowers of all, Bellis perennis, otherwise known as the Common Daisy, can be seen flowering almost all year-round. Its persistent and widespread growth, heralding the arrival of spring to our gardens, has resulted in children using its flowers to make necklaces (Daisy chains) and adults desperately trying to rid their lawns of this so-called 'weed'.

The Common daisy has spoon-shaped leaves that form a rosette at the base of the plant, close to the ground and among the short grass it favours. A single stem arises carrying the flower head - this is not just one flower, but a composite of a number of tiny flowers which make up the yellow disc in the middle ('disc florets') and the surrounding white 'ray florets' (which look just like petals).










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