Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park


Bellis perennis
of the Daisy family

a perennial
4-12 cm high
blooms all year round
likes short grassy places
can be seen extensively throughout the Park.

The name of this familiar and somewhat underrated flower derives from its likeness to a small sun - day's eye. Its scientific name Bellis means beautiful. Chaucer thought that it was the only flower that would "soften all my sorrow" while to Shelley it was "the constellated flower that never sets".
It was once boiled in asses milk and used for a treatment for consumption.