Bellis perennis is a mat-forming herbaceous perennial, 10-15 cm [3.9-5.9 inch] tall, with rounded to spoon-shaped rosette leaves. It grows slowly, but will, in due time, cover large areas. In meadows and lawns it is very persistent and sometimes considered being a pest. It can get aggressive and dominant, sometimes leading to lower pasture production. In spite of being repeatedly trodden upon, it “always comes up smiling afterwards.”
The name Bellis derives from Latin bellus, meaning pretty. Another version is that bellis comes from Latin bellum, meaning war, because it grew in battlefields and is useful in curing wounds.
As an emblem of deceit, Greene called the daisy the ‘dissembling daisie’. “Light of love wenches” are warned by it “not to trust every fair promise that such amorous bachelors make them.” Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet gives the queen a daisy to signify “that her light and fickle love ought not to expect constancy in her husband.” It is said that whoever picks the first daisy of the season, will be possessed of a spirit of coquetry beyond any control.
Clinical experience of Karl-Josef Müller and others with Bellis perennis confirm the idea of friendliness. Bellis wants to appear nice, smile, and make a nice thing of every problem. In addition, they want to be surrounded by nice people; a nice, friendly, superficial kind of company. He is friends with everybody. Yet he has the delusion being friendless. Out of sorts and out of patience with everybody and everything. Happy as a king, feels he is doing strange things, but cannot help it. They love me, they love me not.
On the flip side, they can be dictatorial, domineering, dogmatic with great irritability. Irritated persons that think slowly; often dream of anger and revenge. Detached and disconnected whilst feeling alert, vital, at peace or all right. Delusion daughter was dead, with unconcerned feeling. Presentiment of own death with lack of concern about this. Indifference to household matters; welfare of others; wife.
In summary Bellis can be fresh as a daisy, bright and vigorous or its opposite in pushing up the daisies, dead and buried, or in someone on his way there while drinking himself under the daisies.
Quoted from Prisma Reference by Frans Vermeulen