Scientific Name: Bellis perennis
Also known as: Oxeye Daisy
English daisy is a perennial whose leaves form a basal tuft or rosette. English daisy has a prostrate or spreading growing habit. The leaf texture varies and may be smooth or hairy. Leaves are narrow at the base and slightly lobed. The English daisy flower is typical of daisies, with white petals and yellow centers, although flowers are sometimes a pink or rose color. Plants have 3-4 inch flower stalks. The flower stalks are generally longer than the leaves; stems are smooth and leafless and support a single flower. English daisy reproduces by seed. English daisy is a serious problem in the northwest United States, but is found also in the northeastern states and southward.
English daisy may be mechanically removed from lawns. Rosettes should be dug up when soil is loose; care must be taken to remove the taproot which can be extensive. A digging tool which is designed to penetrate deep with minimum damage to surrounding turfgrass plants may be desirable. Good insect and disease control and a sound fertility program will help to prevent the open spaces that allow English daisy seeds to take hold.
Make your post-emergence herbicide application to English daisy that is actively growing and in the seedling to flower stage of growth.
Weed Photos: Courtesy of Dr. Lambert McCartey. Clemson University. Clemson, SC.