The shasta daisy has larger flowers than meadow daises.
It attracts butterflies, and blooms far into autumn.
Burbank's greatest success was the Russet Burbank potato (1871) that was shipped to Ireland to help it recover from the devastating potato blight.
An old Celtic legend tells that the spirits of babies who died in childbirth would scatter daisies on the earth to cheer their sorrowing parents.
Then daisies were also believed to cure warts, fever, gout, and eye troubles.
A daisy flower could also be used to determine if a very sick patient would live or die. This was effected by pounding the flower into a powder and mixing it with wine. The patient would then drink the mixture. If the patient did not vomit he or she would live. If he or she vomited and expereinced convolutions he/she would die. Perhaps daisies would be used to decorate the grave.
The word daisy comes from the Anglo-Saxon term, daeges eye. This mean's day's eye but the head of the oxeye daisy closes up at night and opens only at daybreak. These were once believd to ward off lightning, so one often hung bunches of oxeye daisys inside the home.
Want a homemade hand lotion? Take dried stems and flowers of the oxeye daisy and boil them. Rub this on our hands.