Thursday, 5 May 2011



I found this online and couldn't resist sharing with you this morning:

1 - Daisies belong to one of the largest families of plants in the world, that of "vascular plants", i.e. those which circulate goodness around their systems, making up almost 10% of all flowering plants on Earth.
2 - Daisies are found everywhere on Earth except Antarctica.
3 - The name "daisy" is thought to come from the Old English "daes eage", meaning "day's eye", for the way in which it opens at dawn.
4 - The daisy family, known to scientists as Compositae, was classified in 1792 by Paul Dietrich Giseke, a German botanist and close friend of the Swedish "father of modern taxonomy" Carl Linnaeus.
5 - Daisies represents purity and innocence.
6 - A daisy is actually two flowers in one: the (usually) white petals and the cluster of (usually) tiny yellow disc petals that form the "eye".
7 - Daisy leaves are edible and can make a tasty addition to salads (they're closely related to artichoke and are high in Vitamin C).
8 - Medicinal properties ascribed to the daisy include that it slows bleeding, relieves indigestion and eases coughs. In homeopathy, the garden daisy is known as the gardener's friend for its ability to ease an aching back.
9 - If not controlled, some daisies can become serious weeds because they thrive in generally inhospitable conditions are are resistant to most bugs and pesticides.
10 - Bees love daisy relatives, including Goldenrod, making them an important friend of honey makers.

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