Ox Eye Daisy
(White Daisy; Common Daisy)
Chrysanthemum leucanthemum
Syn: Leucanthemum vulgare
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family

Plant is an upright, smooth to slightly hairy perennial from a rhizome. Preferred habitat is at roadsides, fields, pastures and gardens. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are alternate on the stem, consisting of one whole part, no leaf stalks, lance-like to spatulate below, becoming reduced upward; margins have no teeth and no lobes to scattered teeth or lobes.

Flowers are in heads at the top of the stem resting on long flower stalks; symmetrical in shape; disc flowers are bisexual and yellow. Ray flowers are female, numerous and white. Flowers occur in early spring and summer.

Fruit is a seed which outer layer is fused to it.

This species - the “day’s eye” - is disliked by farmers because it produces an unwanted flavor to milk if eaten by cattle. Though an extremely common, even weed-like species, the Ox-Eye Daisy was originally introduced to North America from Europe.

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