Meadowmat wildflower species: Common Daisy
Is there any plant that embodies the English meadow better than the common daisy? With its cheery sun-yellow centre and soft white petals, this universally-recognisable wildflower is one of the most charming plants the UK has to offer. Most people assume that the common daisy’s flower head is a single flower. In reality, it is a composite (or pseudanthium) comprised of multiple distinct flowers growing together to form a larger flower-like structure. This pseudanthium can be seen from early summer to midsummer when the white wild flower is in bloom. The daisy has an exceptionally long blooming period and has even been known to produce flowers during winter if the weather is mild enough. In addition to its distinctive flower head, the common daisy can also be recognised by the rosette of rounded leaves that grows near its base.
Features of the common daisy
The common daisy belongs to the Asteraceae family and is technically known as the bellis perennis. It is a native species of Europe and temperate Asian regions. Historically, it has also been called bruisewort and woundwort. It is a long-lived perennial plant that gardeners can expect to see flower for several years in a row and it can reproduce itself easily by either seed distribution or by dividing after it has flowered. It's not only easy to cultivate, but also very reliable; gardeners who invest in daisies can count on seeing their bright, joyous colours year in and year out.
The common daisy is also an especially hardy plant and will thrive in any reasonably well-drained soil, provided the ambient temperature is generally moderate. In the wild, it can be found in practically any area of grassland. Like the other plants available on our rolls of MeadowMat, the common daisy requires very little maintenance; you can leave it to grow on its own without worrying!
How do daisies help wildlife?
In addition to being gorgeous and hardy, the common daisy can also attract pollinating insects to your garden and the birds that feed on them. While the daisy doesn’t have a special relationship with one particular species of fauna, it can help improve the overall biodiversity of your garden.
Some uses for the common daisy plant
Interestingly, the common daisy has significant astringent properties - its juice will cause organic tissues to constrict if it is applied directly to them. Because of this, it was once used by Roman soldiers to soak bandages: when the bandages were applied, the daisy’s astringent properties would encourage wounds to close up and minimise blood lost.
The common daisy is an amazing plant with a rich history, and its addition to your garden will ensure a cheerful, easy-going vibe. We recommend it to any gardener looking to brighten up their life with an easy-to-cultivate wildflower.