Daisy daisy

Macro photograph of Bellis perennis (Daisy) photographed in the garden of the late photographer Gunnie Moberg

Digital photograph on photorag, archival inks £130 SOLD

Also in Magnus Spence’s 1914 list of medicinal Orkney plants…the daisy, known in Orkney as Cockalowrie or Mimmy feeblick. In fact daisy roots are part of the 17th Century Orkney miracle cure drink mentioned recorded by Dr Wallace.

‘Dr Wallace in 1700 says:-
The more common and general diseases are the Scurvy, Agues, Consumptions, &c. Commonly in the spring they (Orcadians) are troubled with an Augish Distemper which they call the Axes, but for this there are Quacks amongst them that pretend an infallible Cure by way of  Diet-Drink, infusing a hotch potch of several plants (I suppose what are greenest at the time) in an English gallon of ale; the receipt is this:
They take of Buckhorn plantain, Water plantain, Lovage, wild Daisie, Rocket, roots of Elecampagne, Millefoil, roots of Spignell, Dandelyon, Parsley roots, Wormwood, Cumfrey, Tansey, Sea pink, Garden Angelica, and a kind of Masterwort, the imperatorie affinis; of all these they take a like quantity, to wit, about half a handful, and of this infusion they drink half a pint morning and evening. This is what they call Axes grass, and the old women talk wonders of it, pretending there are so many of the herbs good for the liver, so many for the head, and so many for the heart, spleen &c.’


Cockalowrie or Mimmy feeblick (Orkney)
Bellis perennis

‘In the Outer Hebrides, an infusion was recommended for joint pain and gout while in Glencoe, they were combined with Buttercups as a remedy for bruises and sores.’
The Orkney Book of Wild Flowers