Bellis – English Daisy, Herb Margaret, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Bellis – English Daisy, Herb Margaret, Perennials Guide To Planting Flowers

Bellis – English Daisy, Herb Margaret

The Daisy of Europe is the one of which we speak here. Who has not read the words of Burns and Wordsworth, and having read, who has not admired these charming button-like flowers tile more ? Let us read again several stanzas of Burns:


On turning one down with the plow

Wee, modest, crimson-tipped flower,
Thou ‘s met me in an evil hour;
For I maun crush amang the stoure*
Thy slender stern;
To spare thee now is past my power,
Thou bonnie gem.

Cauld blew the bitter biting north
Upon thy early, humble birth,
Yet cheerfully thou glinted forth
Amid the storm,
Scarce reared above the parent earth
Thy tender form.

*Stoure-means dust.
Glinted-means peeped.

With the Tulips in the early days of Spring the English Daisy (Bellis pereanis) starts to produce its single or double white, pink, rose and red flowers upon its low plants, for they seldom grow over 3 inches tall. Although they bloom quickly in the Spring, the finest flowers are produced in the Fall when it is cooler.

UTILIZE. They are combined with Pansies and Forget-me-nots and are also used as a ground cover for Hyacinths, Tulips, and other bulbs, either in the rock garden, as an edging for borders, or in the early window boxes.

GENERAL. The hot weather is very severe on the English Daisies. They should be planted 6 inches apart each way in cool soil. They should be protected in the Winter and if they are kept in coldframes, will bloom during the Winter as do Pansies and Violets.

PROPAGATION. The finer English Daisies are propagated by division in the Fall. They grow easily from seed which should be sown in August in coldframes, where they should be kept during the Winter.

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One Comment

    Robert Jones

    I am writing a short commentary on the common daisy for the St Fillan’s Flower of the Month (April). Your reference to the Burn’s poem is apt. Do you know the origin of ‘Herb Margaret’?
    Rob Jones (Edinburgh)

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