Mar 31, 2007

Oxeye Daisy

This is my contribution to the Flower Fest - The A - Z of Flowers for the Letter O.

Extracted from

The oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare, syn. Chrysanthemum leucanthemum) also known as the marguerite is a widespread flowering plant native to Europe and the temperate regions of Asia. It is one of a number of plants to be called by the common name daisy. It is also sometimes called moon daisy or dog daisy.
It is a perennial prostrate herb with small flower head (not larger than 5 cm) that consists of about 20 white ray flowers and numerous yellow disc flowers, growing on the end of the stem. The stem is mostly unbranched and sprouts laterally from a creeping rootstock.

The leaves are darkgreen 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.

It produces an abundant number of flat seeds without pappus. It spreads also vegetatively by rooting underground stems.

The oxeye daisy is a typical meadow flower, growing in a variety of plant communities such as dry fields, meadows, but also under scrubs, open-canopy forests and waste places. It thrives in a wide range of conditions and prefers heavy and damp
soils. It was introduced in parts of North America, Australia and New Zealand, where it is now a common weed displacing native plant species in some areas. It is difficult to control or eradicate, since a new plant can regenerate from rhizome fragments.


Anonymous said...

A field full of Ox-eye's - it would be wonderful to see them sway in the wind.

shilpa/eyeonnature said...

All these flowers classified as weeds are so pretty.

Pooja said...

wow. nice picture and i love your hand made drawing of camel too .
keep good work going on.

Mythreyee said...

Nature and Me: Thats right. Its so good when there's a gentle breeze.

Shilpa: Its too pretty.

Pooja: Thanks Pooja.


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