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Oxeye daisy

(Leucanthemum vulgare)

Oxeye daisies © Ray Woods/Plantlife

Oxeye daisies © Ray Woods/Plantlife

"The nodding oxeye bends before the wind..."

- John Clare, "The Fear of Flowers"


In bloom around the solstice, this large daisy is a sure sign that summer has arrived. 

Where it grows

Grassy places.

Best time to see

June to August.

Cultural info

  • In the Language of Flowers it symbolises patience.

How's it doing?

Possibly declining in Scotland.

3 things you may not know

  • Before the 16th century it was more commonly known as the 'Moon Daisy' or 'Dog Daisy'.
  • In Austria and Germany it was hung inside the house as it was believed it would repel lightening.
  • If cattle eat it, it can affect the taste of their milk.

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