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Leucanthemum vulgare (Ox-Eye Daisy)

Ox-Eye Daisy, Field Daisy, Marguerite, Moon Daisy, Chrysanthemum leucanthemum

Leucanthemum Vulgare, Ox-Eye Daisy, Field Daisy, Marguerite, Moon Daisy, Chrysanthemum leucanthemum, White Flowers

Highly floriferous and robust, Leucanthemum vulgare (Ox-Eye Daisy) is a free flowering rhizomatous perennial valued for its abundant floral display and disease resistance. It produces a sea of large, pure white, single daisy flowers with golden yellow centers, up to 3 in. across (7 cm), atop a lush basal rosette of dark green leaves. Blooming for up to 4 weeks from late spring to late summer, the flowers are pollinated primarily by insects, including beetles, flies, wasps, and butterflies. Attractive, but somewhat weedy, Ox-Eye Daisy spreads by rhizomes and self-seeding. Native to the British Isles, Europe, and northern Asia, Ox-Eye Daisy is a valued addition to the perennial border, cottage garden, cutting garden, or prairies and meadows.

  • Grows up to 1-2 ft. tall and wide (30-60 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Tolerates dry soils and afternoon shade in hot summer areas. Good soil drainage is critical.
  • Excellent choice for cottage gardens, prairies, and meadows. Makes excellent and long-lasting fresh-cut flowers.
  • Robust, low maintenance, and virtually disease-free, this daisy is deer, and rabbit resistant. Keep an eye out for leaf spots and aphids.
  • Remove spent flowers to promote further blooms and maintain a neat appearance. Cut stems down to the ground in winter.
  • Propagate by seed or division. This plant should be divided every 2-3 years to maintain vigor. 
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3, H1
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Compositae
Genus Leucanthemum
Common names Marguerite, Daisy
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 12" - 24"
(30cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United Kingdom
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Nipponanthemum nipponicum (Nippon Daisy)
Leucanthemum x superbum (Shasta Daisy)
Leucanthemum paludosum (Annual Marguerite)
Leucanthemum vulgare ‘Filigran’ (Ox-Eye Daisy)
Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Snowcap’ (Shasta Daisy)

Recommended Companion Plants

Oenothera speciosa (Evening Primrose)
Papaver rhoeas (Flanders Poppy)
Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ (Sage)
Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’ (Ornamental Onion)

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3, H1
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Compositae
Genus Leucanthemum
Common names Marguerite, Daisy
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 12" - 24"
(30cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United Kingdom
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage
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Do I Need?
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