Plant of Week 13: Wild Daisy

Mid-June means large patches of blooming wild daisies lining the roadsides. These cheerful perennials return every year, whether the year is hot, cold, wet, or dry. They spread quickly, and attract beneficial insects and pollinators. Most daisies we see have yellow centers with white petals, but they can also be yellow, purple, and red.

Species: Bellis perennis

HABITAT: Native to Europe and Asia, daisies were introduced to North America and now grow in every continent except Antarctica. They can often be found in grasslands, meadows, gardens, and urban areas. 

IS IT EDIBLE?: Yes- daisies are a great source of vitamin C. The buds and young leaves can be added to salads, soups, and sandwiches. They can also be pickled and used to make wine.

IS IT MEDICINAL?: Wild daisies can be made into a tea to treat coughs, bronchitis, liver and kidney disorders, and inflammation.

Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.

Sources:

Soft Schools

Britannica