Ox-Eye Daisy

Ox-Eye Daisy

Leucanthemum vulgare

Other names: Common Daisy, Dog Daisy and Moon Daisy

Family: Asteraceae

Range: Native to Europe and the temperate regions of Asia and an introduced plant to North America, Australia and New Zealand.

Native or Introduced:  Introduced

Native Habitat: Grows in a variety of plant communities including meadows and fields, under scrub and open-canopy forests, and in disturbed areas.

Bloom Time: Late Spring to Autumn


This plant was introduced via gardens, as it’s one of the stereotypical daisies available for gardens in the Old World.

Leucanthemum is from the Ancient Greek λευκός (leukós, “white”) and ἄνθος (ánthos, “flower”).
Symbolic meaning of Oxeye daisy: Patience

The unopened flower buds can be marinated and used in a similar way to capers.    The leaves can also be eaten raw.

Locations in Photos:

My neighborhood
Crescent Beach State Park, Cape Elizabeth, ME
Two Lights State Park, Cape Elizabeth, ME
Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, Boothbay, ME
Fort McClary State Historic Site, Kittery, ME
Owl’s Head State Park, Owl’s Head, ME
Gilsland Farm, Maine Audubon, Falmouth, ME
Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME




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