sometimes Herb Margaret (Dyer. 1889), common names for the DAISY, obviously a St Margaret, but which one? There was a St Margaret of Antioch, an unlikely choice, or St Margaret of Cortona, or yet another Margaret, St Margaret of Valois. Actually,

St Margaret of Cortona is the likeliest candidate, for her day, 22 February, used to be reckoned as the first day of spring (Jones-Baker. 1974), and that probably is the reason for the name. But there is another possibility: the French word marguerite means a pearl (the colour of the flower? (Skinner) ).

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