Thursday, April 2, 2009

Flower Of The Month For April...The Daisy

April's Flower...The Daisy
"He loves me, he loves me not..." and, "Rich man, Poor man..." and stripping the petals as those words were chanted are perhaps the most well known bits of folklore associated with the Daisy. Thought to have magical properties, the Daisy has always been used in love divinations and also to 'predict' the amount of children a marriage would produce. They are an important part of the decorations for Midsummer's Night festivities.

The Latin name for Daisy, bellis perennis, comes from the word bellus, which literally means beautiful. Daisies are known by several names: Bachelor's Buttons, Bull's-eye Daisy, Butter Daisy, Dog-blow, Dutch-curse, Dutch-cuss, Herb Margaret, Horse Daisy, Maudlin Daisy, Maudlinwort, Midsummer Daisy, Moonflower, Moon-penny, Poverty-weed, Rhode Island Clover, Sheriff-pink, and Whiteman's-weed.

Daisies are associated with the planet Venus, their element is water, and they are considered feminine.

Daisies were sacred to Freya and Ostara, both Germanic Goddesses, and has also been associated with the Greek Goddess, Aphrodite. They were in the past dedicated to Artemis, the Goddess of women, and considered useful in treating women's ailments.

Dreaming of Daisies is considered good luck in Spring, and bad luck in Winter.

It is lucky to step on the first flowers in the spring but extremely unlucky to uproot them.

Daisies were popular in Medieval times, when knights at tournaments wore the flower, while their ladies wore Daisy wreaths as crowns.

American colonists treated cuts and bruises with a Daisy lotion, and Daisy tea was used for whooping cough, asthma, and as an anti-spasmodic, as a diuretic, and as a tonic.

Elizabethans cured joint pain with Daisies, and Yugoslavians drank Daisy juice for their upset stomachs.

New England Puritans used Daisies to cure deafness.