Bellis perennis, now commonly known as English daisy, is the original plant to which the word daisy was first applied. The word daisy is itself a corruption of day's eye and referred to the flower heads of Bellis perennis, which opened during the day and closed at night. Other English common names include common daisy, European daisy, garden daisy, and lawn daisy.It is a small plant 2–3 inches high with leaves arranged in a basal rosette from which arise short, creeping rhizomes. As alluded to by one of its names, it is a common component of weedy lawns. The plant has a decided affinity for disturbed areas and, "On the sand-dunes and sandy pastures at Killeany (Inishmore) the daisy becomes dominant on rabbit-tracks, which are visible as white streaks at a distance of over a kilometre." Webb & Scannell 1983:107. Bellis perennis was originally native to Europe, Africa (Libya), and western Asia, but it is now widely introduced and naturalized nearly throughout all of the temperate regions of both the northern and southern hemispheres and is well-established in Canada and the northern and western United States.
Webb, D.A. and M.J.P. Scannell. 1983. Flora of Connemara and the Burren. Cambridge University Press.
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