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Weeds : English daisy (Lawn daisy) : Bellis perennis
(revision date: 4/7/2021)

Family: Asteraceae (Compositae)
Cycle: Perennial
Plant Type: Broadleaf

Use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for successful weed management.

English daisy is a low-growing plant reproducing by seed. It may also spread from the crown to form clumps. The long-stalked leaves are broad at the tip end and may be smooth or slightly hairy. The leaves occur only at the base of the plants, with no branching shoots or upright stems. Flowers are flat and daisy-like, occurring in white, red, or various shades of pink, with yellow centers. Flowers are typically borne on long stalks extending above the cluster of leaves.
English daisy is primarily a weed of lawns in cool, moist regions. It is often grown as an ornamental.

Management Options

Non-Chemical Management
  • Cultivation (rototilling or hoeing) will effectively eliminate plants.
  • Careful digging is useful to manage weed populations. However, digging can carry undesirable weed seed to the surface and foster further germination.
Select non-chemical management options as your first choice!

Chemical Management

Apply according to label directions. Multiple applications are necessary for control. There is a product which licensed professional applicators can use, giving excellent control in one application. Glyphosate products should be applied as spot treatments only! NOTE: Some ingredients listed here are only available in combination. Read the label carefully on combination products to make sure the product is suitable for your specific situation.

Landscape areas
  • glyphosate
  • products containing triclopyr
Turf areas
  • triclopyr
Bare ground areas
  • glyphosate
  • triclopyr
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Caption: English daisy flowers
Photo by: J.A. Kropf
Caption: English daisy in lawn
Photo by: J.A. Kropf
Caption: English daisy leaves
Photo by: Weeds of the West