This section is from the book "Handbook Of Hardy Trees, Shrubs, And Herbaceous Plants", by W. Botting Hemsley. Also available from Amazon: Handbook of hardy trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants.
To this genus the Daisy belongs. The distinguishing character is founded upon the conical receptacle and absence of pappus. There are three or four species, in Europe, North Africa, and North America. From the Latin bellus, signifying pretty.
Fig. 125. Bellis perennis flore pleno. (1/3 nat. size.)
1. B. perennis (fig. 125). Common Daisy. - The double white, crimson, and striped varieties are amongst the prettiest of dwarf herbaceous plants, but they seem to be fast going out of vogue. Perhaps, like some other fashions, they will again come into favour. A handsome variegated form called aucu-bcefdlia is worthy of notice. The Hen-and-Chickens Daisy is a proliferous variety of this species, in which the flower-heads branch out and form several smaller ones.