April Flowers – Daisy and Sweet Pea

The April birth flowers are the daisy and the sweet pea

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The daisy conveys innocence, loyal love, and purity. Yet, it is also a flower given between friends to keep a secret; the daisy means “I’ll never tell.”

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Daisy is a flowering plant that belongs to the family Asteraceae. This plant is closely related to artichoke and arnica. There are around 4000 species of daisies that differ in size, shape, color and type of habitat. Daisy can be found on all continents except Antarctica. It usually inhabits grasslands, meadows, gardens, urban areas and areas near the roadsides. It can survive in both dry and wet habitats, but it prefers well-drained soils and a lot of direct sun. People cultivate daisies because of their simple but very attractive flowers. Unlike cultivated types of daisies, wild types easily reproduce and conquer new habitats. They are often resistant to pesticides and insects. Because of that, wild daisies occasionally act like weed that cannot be eradicated easily. Daisy blooms during the summer. Bees are the main pollinators of daisies. Daisy is rich source of vitamin C. It has pleasant taste and it can be used as a part of salads, soups and sandwiches. Both flowers and leaves are edible

 

While sweet peas signify blissful pleasure, on the other hand they are also used to say good-bye.

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Sweet pea is a plant native to the Mediterranean region. Since they are annual climbers and grow in a wide spectrum of colors, they grow for a long period of time, and are the first choice for individual cut flowers and/or exquisite floral decorations. All sweet pea flower varieties are not fragrant, but the ones that are, live up to their namesake. This particular strain of flowers contains up to 160 species. One must keep a constant eye on the flower throughout its lifespan, as it is prone to all kinds of pests and insects. Unlike the edible pea, seeds of this flower are not edible, and are known to cause toxicity.

 

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