Oxeye Daisy – Chrysanthemum leucanthemum

Ox-eye Daisy
Ox-eye Daisy

This common weed of Europe is found on most good soils in grassy meadows. It grows with such abandon in sunny locations that in Montana, Ohio, Washington, and Wyoming it is considered as Noxious weed! Oxeye daisy has moved around the world in a variety of ways. Seeds moved into Sweden with timber and into Ireland as a contaminant of ryegrass and timothy (Holm et al. 1997). It was introduced to the Pacific Northwest in the late 1800’s and spread primarily as a contaminant of forage grass and legume seed.

The entire plant (but especially the flowers) is antispasmodic, antitussive, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, tonic, and vulnerary. Externally it is used in lotion form for bruises, wounds, ulcers, and some skin diseases. Internally it has been used for Whooping cough, and asthma.

The leaves and young shoots have been eaten, but the flavor is not pleasant to most. It is therefore used sparingly, being chopped fine and added to salad with other mixed greens.

In Victorian times, it was said that if you stepped on seven daisies at one time, you knew that summer had arrived. Daisies are an emblem of fidelity, and have been used in love spells and divination.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Where I live we call this flower a ‘moonpenny’ and it’s taken me a while to find out its proper name and track it down on the internet. I think it’s a beautiful flower and have some growing in my garden here in England.

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  2. […] Flowers: Oxeye DaisyOxeye daisies are often considered as a weed! But still some gardeners grow these beautiful flowers: http://j.mp/dT3AZu […]

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