Plant A Day – Oxeye Daisy

Oxeye Daisy Leucanthemum vulgare

Oxeye Daisy
Leucanthemum vulgare

Oxeye Daisy is one of those plants that is loved and hated.  Gardeners love it because it can add a lot of brightness to a garden.  Farmers and invasive plant haters hate it because it is not native to the U.S. and can be a bit invasive.

Also, students of botany hate it because there’s another plant named just Oxeye (Heliopsis helianthoides), or Smooth Oxeye, which is closely related to the sunflowers (Helianthus) and is therefore sometimes called False Sunflower.  Why make it simple!

It’s a very noticeable plant that’s easy to identify in Indiana because there are no similar looking plants, at least that I’m aware of.  The flowers last a long time and are rather attractive.

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