Daisy – pearl among plants
Daisies belong to the aster family, which also includes chrysanthemums, dahlias, marigolds, sunflowers, and zinnias.
Daisies grow in Europe, North America, and other parts of the world. Common types of daisy include the Dakar oxeye daisy, the English daisy, and the Shasta daisy.
These plants often grow to about 61 to 91 centimeters tall and their flowers can be white, purple, pink, or red.
Daisy protects the queen of the garden, rose, and a lush jasmine from the invasion of aphids.
Daisy translated from Greek as pearl.
In Slavic mythology pearls from broken necklace of beautiful Lyubava, who rushed to meet her lover Sadko, turned into daisies. In Scandinavian sagas daisy was called the bride of the sun, the flower of love and was dedicated to the goddess of spring and love, Freya.
There are many Christian legends about daisies. Here is one of them: one long winter evening the Blessed Virgin Mary wanted to please her young son Jesus with flowers. However, in the snow she could not find a single flower, so she decided to make a flower of beautiful and shiny silk. Blessed Virgin sewed small flowers and called them daisies. Jesus was very fond of the flowers and he kept them at home all winter long. When the spring began Jesus put flowers into the ground and watered them. Daisies sprouted and bloomed.
Daisy is a medicinal plant. Modern folk medicine uses it to excite the appetite, as a stomachic and cholagogue, against liver disease, but primarily as a blood-purifying agent.
– This flower can be called the “green forecaster” – daisy feels the approach of rain.
– Daisy is the first plant that meets the sunrise.
– In the last century the French devoted last Sunday before Easter to this flower.
– In ancient Germany daisies were considered a symbol of the goddess of spring.
– In the Middle Ages, a knight minted daisy on a steel shield if his beloved agreed married him.
– Queens of Denmark, Norway, Sweden and other countries were named Margarita (daisy).
– Daisy is a symbol of goodness, warmth, and innocence in many nations. In 1908 in Sweden there was the collection of donations for those who suffered from tuberculosis. Everyone who had given even a small amount of money was given a daisy. Since then daisy became a symbol of generosity.
– In the XVIII century, the flower was in danger. In 1739, Germany announced that the flower was poisonous and ordered to destroy it everywhere.