Shasta Daisy - Leucanthemum lacustre x maximum = L. x superbum

    Description

    Similar to Oxeye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) but a more vigorous plant with larger flowerheads (70 to 90 mm) and broader, toothed leaves.

    Similar Species

    Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) and Autumn Ox-eye (Leucanthemella serotina)

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Larger and taller than Ox-eye Daisy; basal and lower stem-leaves elliptic-oblong, gradually contracted to narrowly cuneate base. Upper stem leaves usually shallowly serrate to entire.  Strongly aromatic; Autumn Oxeye is not aromatic, and has paler green, thinner, more sharply and deeply serrate leaves.

    Recording advice

    The photo must include basal, upper and lower leaves; this species cannot be verified from a photo of the flowers alone

    Habitat

    Often cultivated, this plant occasionally escapes and establishes in the wild. It may be found on disturbed ground, embankments, verges and roadsides.

    When to see it

    Flowering mid May to late July.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Widespread in Britain as an escape from cultivation which has become established in the wild.

    VC55 Status

    Infrequent or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 13 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map