Seed
Seedling
Flowering Plant

Ox-eye Daisy

Wild Flower

(Leucanthemum vulgare)

Oxeye daisy is a robust, reliable wild flower species.

Uses

Often used as a reliable component of most wild flower mixtures.

Persistence

This can be a short-term perennial species, it establishes quickly and is known as a pioneer plant, it may eventually disappear from competitive swards. Allowing it to reseed will increase the persitance of the plant.

Strengths

It is a reliable species when creating a wild flower meadow, it can be one of the first true perennials to flower, sometimes during the year of sowng.

Ideal Sowing Time

Sow in autumn or spring.

Management

Due to its aggressive, pioneer nature oxeye daisy can seem overly dominant in the early stages of recreating a wild flower meadow.

Distinguishing characteristics

Seed

Seed
This is a small, long but thin seed, which is a pale yellow colour. It has a papery, ribbed texture and a shiny surface.

Seedling

Seedling
The seedling has small rounded cotyledons, before going on to produce true leaves with recognisable, bluntly toothed edges.

Flowering Plant

Flowering Plant
This is a dark green coloured species. It is a bushy, generally upright plant, which maybe hairy or hairless. The lower leaves are stalked, with toothed margins and the upper leaves have a simialr shape but shorter stalks. The flower head is a typical daisy shape, with white petals and yellow central florets.

Additional Info

Flowers May-September. This species can grow from 20 - 80cm in height.

You can find Ox-eye Daisy in the following mixtures