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Ox-eye Daisy

Leucanthemum vulgare

Plant Data

Order:
Asterales
Family:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
White solitary flowers with yellow centres on sparsely leaved stalks, up to 6cm in diameter.
Fruit:
The central part of the flower turns into a head of brown seeds. Each flower can contain anything up to 200 seeds.
Leaves:
Lower leaves are spoon-shaped, stalked, smooth, fleshy, glossy and dark green. The upper leaves are alternate along the stem, deeply toothed, narrower than the lower leaves, stalkless and clasp the stem.
Maximum Size:
60cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
Good in salads. The roots, leaves and flowers are all edible raw and cooked. Tea can be made from both the flowers and the leaves.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
The whole plant has an unpleasant smell when crushed.
Other Names:
Big Daisy, Bull Daisy, Button Daisy, Dog Daisy, Dog Daisy, Dun Daisy, Espibawn, Field Daisy, Goldens, Herb Margaret, Horse Daisy, Horse Gowan, Large White Gowan, Love-me, Love-me-not, Marguerite, Mathes, Maudlinwort, Midsummer Daisy, Moon Daisy, Moon Flower, Moon Penny, Poor Land Daisy, Pretty Maids, Sheriff Pink, White Cap, White Daisy, White Goldes, White Man's Weed, White Oxeye, White Weed.
Habitats:
Farmland, grassland, meadows.