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Daisy

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Daisies are easy to identify and they are easy to find but we don’t really use them due to their bitter, medicinal taste, each to his own!

Hedgerow Type
Common Names Daisy, Bruisewort
Scientific Name Bellis perenis
Season Start Jan
Season End Dec
Please note that each and every hedgerow item you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Leaves

Small, dark green, rounded or spoon shaped leaves that can be hairy.

Flowers

Many white petals around a yellow collection of sessile yellow flowers.

Flower Stem

A thin, hairy, green flower stem with no leaves.

Habitat

Lawns, meadows, fields, parks, woodland clearings and roadsides.

Possible Confusion

The leaves should only be collected when the flowers are present until you really know the leaves on their own as there are similar looking plants out there.

Taste

A bit medicinal.

Frequency

Very common.

Collecting

The leaves and flowers can be collected for use in salads, but not any salads that we make!

Medicinal Uses

An extract of daisy used to be used to help heal wounds.

Other Facts

The name Daisy seems to have come from ‘days eye’, as the flower opens at dawn and shuts at dusk.
Good for making Daisy chains!

COMMENTS

2 comments for Daisy

  1. Forest bunnell says:

    I have these same ones but with purple at the bottom , is that normal? I live in northern California.Thank you!

    1. Eric Biggane says:

      I can’t be certain of US species but in the UK daisies often have purple colouring on the stem.

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