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Ox-Eyed Daisy – Chrysanthemum leucanthemum
Leucanthemum vulgare, the ox-eye daisy or oxeye daisy, (syn. Chrysanthemum leucanthemum), is a widespread flowering plant native to Europe and the temperate regions of Asia and an introduced plant to North America, Australia, and New Zealand. It is one of a number of Asteraceae family plants to be called a “daisy”, and has the vernacular names: common daisy, dog daisy, moon daisy, and oxe-eye daisy.

Leucanthemum vulgare is a typical grassland perennial wildflower, growing in a variety of plant communities including meadows and fields, under scrub and open-canopy forests, and in disturbed areas.

Leucanthemum vulgare is a perennial herb one to three feet high by 1 foot (0.30 m) wide. The stem is mostly unbranched and sprouts laterally from a creeping rhizomatous rootstock.

The leaves are dark green on both sides. The basal and middle leaves are petiolate, obovate to spoon-shaped, and serrate to dentate. The upper leaves are shorter, sessile, and borne along the stem.

Leucanthemum vulgare blooms from late spring to autumn. The small flower head, not larger than 5 centimetres (2.0 in), consists of about 20 white ray florets that surround a yellow disc, growing on the end of 1 to 3 ft (30 to 91 cm) tall stems. The plant produces an abundant number of flat seeds, without pappus, that remain viable in the soil for 2 to 3 years. It also spreads vegetatively by rhizomes.

Taken on Vancouver Island BC, Canada


daisy, flower, flora, canada, bc


  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixon18 days ago

  • Newstyle
    Newstyle18 days ago

    Very lovely!!

  • AuntDot
    AuntDot18 days ago

    Very pretty, Ann! I sing that song to Daisy all the time! LOL

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarke18 days ago

    Beautiful capture. My mom used to sing that song to me all the time. I loved it and still do.

  • lynn carter
    lynn carter18 days ago

    sweet xx

  • Robert Armitage
    Robert Armitage17 days ago

    Looks good with the dark B/G Ann, well taken

  • lorilee
    lorilee4 days ago

    Congratulations!! Your image has placed in the TOP TEN of our
    “Daisy, Daisy” challenge in the group, “Wildflowers of North America!!”

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