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Bellis Perennis, Daisy


The daisy is commonly found growing in many lawns. It is a good plant for the spring meadow.

The plants have a very long flowering season, they will even produce a few flowers in the middle of mild winters.

An insect repellent spray can be made from an infusion of the leaves.

Succeeds in most well-drained soils in sun or semi-shade.

Sow June-July on the compost surface, for flowers from April to June.

Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks at 15 - 20 C.
In cooler areas, seed can be started indoors in winter.
Space plants 15cm apart. 
Height to 15cm, spread 15-20cm.
Grow as biennials for spring colour in flower beds.
Edible uses
Leaves - raw or cooked. The flavour is somewhat acrid. A pleasant sour flavour according to another report whilst a third says that they are mild and agreeable and are used in salads. 
The daisy is occasionally used as a potherb. 
Flower buds and petals - raw. Eaten in sandwiches, soups and salads.

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