Ontario Weeds: English Daisy
Excerpt from Publication 505, Ontario Weeds,
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- Other Names
- General Description
- Stems and Roots
- Flowers and Fruit
- Similar Species
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Name: English daisy, Bellis perennis
Other Names: pâquerette vivace, Daisy, White daisy, pâquerette, petite marguerite
Family: Composite or Aster Family (Compositae)
General Description: Perennial, reproducing only by seed.
Stems & Roots: Leaves all in
a basal rosette, arranged horizontally or nearly upright, short
to long-stalked, elliptic to ovate, tapering to the stalk, shallowly
but irregularly toothed with rounded or small sharp teeth.
Flowers & Fruit: Flower heads on slender leafless stalks raised 5-15cm (2-6in.) above the leafy base, showy, 2-4cm (4/5-1½in.) across, ray florets numerous and white to purplish; disk florets numerous, densely packed, yellow. Flowers from June to August.
Habitat: English daisy occurs in scattered localities throughout southern Ontario where it may become a dense weed in lawns, roadsides and waste places.
Similar Species: It is distinguished by not having a leafy stem but only a rosette of basal leaves and a short, thin, leafless stalk supporting a bright showy flower head with white to purplish ray florets and a yellow centre.
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