Oxeye Daisy - Leucanthemum vulgare

Description

Short to tall patch forming plant with short leafy stolons. Stems erect, ridged, often branched. Leaves dark green, oblong toothed, the basal leaves stalked, the upper clasping the stem and unstalked. Flowerheads white with a yellow disc. Large daisies 25 to 50 mm with long strap shaped rays.

Similar Species

Very variable, due to introductions in wildflower seed; there may be many subspecies, or this may be a species aggregate.  Similar garden escapes are Shasta daisy and Autumn Ox-eye.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Rough grassy habitats, roadside verges, banks, hayfields.

When to see it

May to September.

Life History

Perennial.

UK Status

Common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 452 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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