If there a flower that is common and that everyone knows, it is the daisy. There are all kinds of great varieties of the daisy and people absolutely love them. With the daisy, it has a meaning that shows loyalty to love and commitment. This is a great flower to give to those you truly care about.
The daisy is part of the Asteraceae family, there are over 22,000 species in this category. You can literally get a daisy in nearly every color. The flowers have very distinct petals that make it very easy to determine what they are; there are always 5 petals off of a floret in a daisy flower.
Bellis perennis is a common European species of daisy often considered the archetypal species of that name. Bellis may come from bellus, Latin for "pretty", and perennis is Latin for "everlasting".
The name "daisy" is considered a corruption of "day's eye", because the whole head closes at night and opens in the morning -- hence, the saying "fresh as a daisy".
The English Daisy is also considered to be a flower of children and innocence.
In Norse mythology, the daisy is Freya's sacred flower. Freya is the goddess of love, beauty, and fertility, and as such the daisy came by symbolize childbirth, motherhood, and new beginnings.
William Wordsworth, the English poet, wrote many poems about daisies. Below is a small excerpt:
Thou wanderest the wide world about,
Unchecked by pride or scrupulous doubt,
With friends to greet thee, or without,
Yet pleased and willing;
Meek, yielding to the occasion's call,
And all things suffering from all,
Thy function apostolical
In peace fulfilling.
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