Leucanthemum vulgare

Family: Asteraceae

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

This is a beautiful plant – it’s one of my favourites!  Leucanthemum vulgare is commonly known as the ox eye daisy.  This hardy perennial plant is native to Europe and Asia, where it flourishes in meadows, banks, roadsides, and 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 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 March, April, and May, or September and October.  Avoid wet areas of ground, as Leucanthemum vulgare will not persist in damp conditions.

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