"Daisies are often considered weeds because they thrive in inhospitable conditions and are resistant to bugs and even magical pesticides."
Zygmunt Budge, Book of Potions[src]

A daisy is a common European wildflower with white and yellow flowers.[4]


The roots of a daisy on a chopping board

Its roots are an ingredient used in the Shrinking Solution[2] and Essence of Daisyroot. Severus Snape kept a bottle of the latter elixir in the Potions Classroom at Hogwarts in 1995. Daisies are also used in the brewing of alcoholic beverages, such as the Daisyroot Draught.[3]

There was a reference to daisies in Ron's unsuccessfully performed spell in 1991.[5]


The Latin name 'Asteraceae' is derived from the type genus Aster, which is a Greek term, meaning "star".[6] While 'Compositae', an older but still valid name,[7] means composite and refers to the characteristic inflorescence, a special type of pseudanthium found in only a few other angiosperm families. The study of this family is known as synantherology.

In addition, the name daisy is derived from its Old English meaning, dægesege, from dæges eage meaning "day's eye," and this was because the petals open at dawn and close at dusk.


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Wonderbook: Book of Spells
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 7 (The Boggart in the Wardrobe)
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  4. WP favicon.PNG Daisy on Wikipedia
  5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 6 (The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters)
  6. Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Aster. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aster
  7. International Code of Botanical Nomenclature - Article 18.5 http://ibot.sav.sk/icbn/main.htm
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