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Bellis perennis

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Characteristics

Habit

Mat forming

Origin

Native to the UK

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Pink, White and Yellow in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

Up to 10 cm

Ultimate spread

0-0.1 metre

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

daisy

Family

Asteraceae


Bellis are perennials forming a rosette of spoon-shaped leaves, with daisy-like flower-heads, often double in cultivars, from early spring to late summer

B. perennis is an evergreen perennial forming rosettes of dark green, spoon-shaped leaves, with small, solitary, yellow-centred, pink-tinged, white daisies in late spring and summer

Other common names

  • bairnwort
  • banwood
  • banwort
  • benner gowan
  • bone flower
  • bonewort
  • bruisewort
  • common gowan
  • double daisy
  • ewe gowan
  • goose flower
  • gowlan
  • herb Margaret
  • lockin gowan
  • luckin gowan
  • marguerite
  • May gowan
  • noon flower
  • pasquarette

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil. Deadhead to avoid self-seeding

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed or by division after flowering

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Wildflower meadow


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be infected by a rust