Leucanthemum vulgare

Family: Asteraceae

Countries: Asia, Austria, Belgium, England, Europe, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Middle East, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Wales, Yugoslavia

Leucanthemum vulgare is commonly known as the Ox-eye Daisy; it’s one of my favourite plants.  This hardy perennial plant is native to Europe and Asia, where it flourishes in meadows, banks, roadsides, and on areas of waste ground.  Leucanthemum vulgare produces large, single daises with golden centres, which are surrounded by rays of white petals.  This is a super plant to grow to encourage wildlife, it’s beneficial to bees, butterflies, hoverflies, and a great many other insects, which in turn will draw birds and a wider range of wildlife into the area.

Plants grow up to 1m (3.3ft) tall.  Leucanthemum vulgare combine well with cornflowers, and other meadow plants, but they also look good in a herbaceous border, on banks and slopes, and planted in woodland clearings.

Leucanthemum vulgare is a quintessential meadow plant.  It’s ideally suited to growing in sandy, well-drained soils; on sunny and partially shaded areas of ground.  Sow seeds in springtime – in March, April, and May; or in early autumn – in September and October.  Avoid wet areas of ground, as Leucanthemum vulgare will not persist in damp conditions.

This is an absolutely stunning plant that’s quick to grow and establish.  Sow Leucanthemum vulgare seeds and you’ll be enjoying their flowers within the year.  Plants self-seed freely and will reliably produce an abundance of flowers without the need for any special care or attention.  Deadhead as the flowers fade for maximum flower production.

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