Flower From March onwards
Daisies flower from March onwards but are one of a very few plants in the Western isles which in reality can be found in bloom in any month of the year.
Attractive, silvery-white blooms with golden-yellow 'eyes' plant. The creeping rhizomes and small rounded or spoon-shaped evergreen leaves 2–5 cm long, grows close to ground.
The flower heads are 2–3 cm in diameter, with white florets which are sometimes tinged maroon and yellow disc florets.
The flowers are produced on leafless stems. Perhaps if the daisy were not so common, we would appreciate it more.
The Saxon name for the common Daisy, is "day's eye". The Saxon people noted that at sunset the flower closed its petals over its yellow centre, its "eye".
The petals were opened again at dawn, just like as if it were re-opening the eye.
Fresh as a Daisy - Saying
The saying 'Fresh as A Daisy' comes about because the daisies appear refreshed after the long evening as they open their petals at dawn.
That is why we describe someone who enjoyed a good rest as feeling "as fresh as a daisy"
Daisies for Luck
It is considered lucky to step on the first daisy flower of the year
Middle Ages Remedies
In Wales during the Middle Ages, Daisies were used to treat madness, smallpox, tumours and jaundice.
|Inches and cm sizes are approximate|