Oxeye Daisy. Oxeye Daisies


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British Columbia Outdoor Wilderness Guide

Oxeye Daisies
Oxeye Daisy
(Chrysanthemum leucanthemum)

The Oxeye Daisy is a rapidly spreading perennial that can be found dotting fields throughout the south and central part of British Columbia.

Oxeye Daisies have an odor that strongly resembles sage. The plants all grow to the same height and the stems branch near the top.


LEAVES:
- leaves near the base of the Oxeye Daisy are wider and more rounded with teeth
- leaves on the stem are toothed or lobed and oblong in shape
- dark green in colour
FLOWERS:
- 1-2 cm. yellow flower discs surrounded by 1-2 cm. long white ray petals
- size of the entire flower can be up to 6 cm.
- Oxeye Daisies bloom from May to July
FRUIT:
- the achenes or small, one-seeded dry fruit are black with 10 white ribs.
HABITAT:
- The Oxeye Daisy is found in fields, meadows, clearings and along roadsides
- Oxeye Daisies grow in areas from the southern to central British Columbia.
- The Oxeye Daisy appears in low elevations.
FASCINATING FACTS:
- Oxeye Daisies were brought from Europe and have spread rapidly throughout North America
- Oxeye Daisies are often unwanted in fields and meadows where it tends to take over.

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Oxeye Daisy. Oxeye Daisies