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Daisy is the common name for a large number of dicotyledonous flowering plants within the Asteraceae (or Composite) family, and in particular is associated with the true, common, or English daisy (Bellis perennis) and the oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare, sny. Chrysanthemum leucanthemum). Daisies are characterized by the star-shaped flower head, consisting of a densely packed cluster of numerous, small, individual flowers (florets). Both of these species have a center composed of yellow disc florets surrounded by ray florets with long, white petals. In addition, the entire family sometimes is known as the daisy family.
The beauty of the flower head of daisies has made them a favorite of many people and a popular name of girls. They also provide food for pollinating insects, herbivorous insects, and even people consume their leaves. However, the introduction of the English daisy and oxeye daisy to non-native environments also has led to their being considered invasive species, which can be difficult to control or eradicate.
January 2nd, 2013
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