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bellysherebellyshere Posts: 24
Hi folks.
I planted some Bellis Clutch of pearls which i grew from seed last Autumn and they have been lovely and still flowering well. I know they are a perennial that are often grown as a biennnial. Why? Will they not come back next year if they are a perennial?

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,857
    It's not a plant I've grown but the usual reason for a perennial being treated as a biennial is because after the first year of flowering the plant often looses vigour and so produces fewer flowers and less growth and may look a bit scrawny. But they will come back. 
    That's the usual reason, but I don't know if that applies to Bellis
    Many such plants (e.g.) foxglove will produce masses of seed, so there are offspring to carry on growing in future years.
    After their first year, the flowers on a foxglove are much smaller and less impressive.
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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,850
    It's a perennial often grown as a biennial. It may not seed as the centres look full of petals with no space for reproductive bits and no use to pollinating insects either. Just a pretty wild flower spoiled by over breeding
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