This is the first in a series of blog posts on the wild flowers of Malta. I visited during the peak spring wildflower season from March 30 – April 2, 2014.
I saw Crown Daisies everywhere on the island. They were common both in relatively wild areas like in the photo above, and also in urban areas in parks and verges. Many cultures use the leaves of the crown daisy in cooking, especially in Asian dishes. It is full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. In Japanese it i known as 春菊 shungiku, and I will be looking for it next fall.
It is one of the 23,000 members of the Aster Family (sunflowers/daisies) and one of 60 species in its genus. The Crown Daisy is native to Europe, China, and Japan.