Bellis perennis is a common European species of daisy, of the Asteraceae family, 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. Chaucer called it “eye of the day”. In Medieval times, Bellis perennis or the English Daisy was commonly known as “Mary’s Rose”. It is also known as bone flower.
The English Daisy is also considered to be a flower of children and innocence.
Daisy is used as a girl’s name and as a nickname for girls named Margaret, after the French name for the oxeye daisy, marguerite