Bellis Plant Growing & Care Guide for Gardeners

In this Gardener's HQ guide, we'll explore cultivating Bellis plants in your garden, indoor spaces, and other settings.

Daisy, and Bachelor's Button: Cultivation & Garden Use

Bellis are perennials that reach an height of about 20 cm (four inches) and flower from the late spring through to the beginning of summer.

The common names for Bellis include Daisy, Bachelor's button, Meadow daisy and English daisy.

Bellis Perennis
Bellis Perennis by Saturn ♄.

They have solitary flowers of white, pink or red. They make good plants for rockeries.

Common Daisy
Common Daisy by Dawn Endico.

It is important to cut Daisy flowers back after flowering or they may take over the garden.

They can be simply mown over if you have a lawn.

Commonly Grown Bellis Plant Species

Bellis Perennis

Bellis Perennis
Bellis Perennis (Common Daisy), photograph by Andreas Rockstein; CC.

Bellis annua

Bellis annua
Bellis annua (Annual Daisy), picture by ximateix!; CC.

Bellis sylvestris

Bellis sylvestris
Bellis sylvestris (Southern Daisy), Image by Katya; CC.

Commonly Grown Bellis / Daisy Cultivars

Bellis perennis 'Habanera'

Bellis perennis 'Habanera' Cultivar photograph by Krzysztof Ziarnek; CC 4.0.

Bellis Growing and Care Guide

Common Names: Daisy, Bachelor's Button. Daisy: English; Common; Annual; Meadow; Corsican; Southern; Spanish.
Family: Asteraceae.
Life Cycle: Hardy perennial usually grown as a hardy annual or hardy biennial by gardeners.
Height: 3 to 8 inches (5 to 20 cm).
Native: Europe.
Growing Region: Zones 3 to 9.
Flowers: Late spring and summer.
Flower Details: Composite flower. Flowers are on single stalks. White, red or pink; usually with a yellow eye.
Foliage: Basal leaves.
Sow Outdoors: Surface. Early spring before the last frost or in autumn. Sow in mid-summer or autumn in warmer areas. Spacing 5 to 8 inches (12 to 20 cm).
Sow Indoors: Germination time: ten days to four weeks in the light. Temperature 70°F (21°C). Transplant outdoors following the last frost in cool areas; or in late summer or early autumn in warmer areas.
Requirements: Full sunlight or partial shade. Moist soil. Rich soil. Regular watering. Requires a feed early in the growing season. Supply mulch in cooler areas to help over-wintering seedlings. Can be divided once flowering has finished.

How to Grow and Care for Bellis Species such as Daisy

When growing Bellis outdoors it is best to sow out the seeds on the surface from spring to mid summer.

They prefer to grow in rich soil and prefer lightly shaded or sunny areas of the garden.

Common Questions

How many members does the Bellis genus have?

The Bellis genus includes approximately 10 species.

Do members of Bellis make a good garden or landscaping plant?

Yes, Bellis are popular in gardens, especially Bellis perennis, for their long blooming period and ease of care.

Which Bellis species are most frequently grown by gardeners?

Bellis perennis (Common Daisy) is the most commonly grown species in gardens.

Are members of the Bellis plant genus fragrant?

No, Bellis plants are not known for their fragrance, but their cheery flowers bring life to any garden.

What is the perfect location to grow Bellis?

Bellis prefers a location with full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil.

Is Bellis invasive in the USA?

Currently, some Bellis species like Bellis perennis can become mildly invasive in certain areas of the USA.

How do I remove Bellis plants from my garden?

Remove Bellis by digging up the entire plant, ensuring all roots are removed to prevent regrowth.


The Bellis genus belongs to the Asteraceae family and is native to Europe and the Middle East. The most well-known species is Bellis perennis, commonly referred to as the English daisy. These charming perennials are recognized by their carpet of small, button-like flowers.

To cultivate Bellis, plant them in an area with full sun to partial shade. They prefer well-drained, fertile soil and require regular watering. Bellis can be grown from seeds sown in late summer to early fall, and will flower in the spring and summer.

I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Bellis. You may also enjoy the following daisy family growing guides: How to grow Sunflowers and Aster plants.