Common Daisy, Lawn Daisy, English Daisy, Bruisewort, Woundwort
Facts & Folkore:
Also called the common daisy, lawn daisy, or English daisy, this favorite flower is well known to any who have fond memories of making daisy chains in childhood. The name "daisy" is considered a corruption of the term "day's eye" as this flower closes its whole head closes at night and opens in the morning. The poet Chaucer called it "eye of the day". The English Daisy is considered a flower of children and innocence, much associated with the classic romantic divination pastime of the plucking of petals ... "He loves me, he loves me not." Since daisy flowers have petals clustering to the Fibonacci numbers of 21, 34, and 55, one's chances of getting the desired outcome may slightly lean towards the type daisy you pick! Historically, Daisy was used a nickname for girls named Margaret, after the French name for the oxeye daisy, marguerite. This was most famously used in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women for sister Margaret (Meg) and her namesake daughter, who was called Daisy. In times gone by, the astringent juice of this flower was used much used medicinally. Surgeons who accompanied Roman legions into battle would order their slaves to pick sacks full of daisies in order to extract their juice for binding wounds and healing sword cuts.
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