Leucanthemum vulgare

Common Names: Ox-eye daisy, oxeye daisy, common daisy, dog daisy, moon daisy
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Aster family

A perennial herb 1 to 3 feet high by 1 foot wide. The stem is mostly unbranched and sprouts laterally from a creeping rhizomatous rootstock. The leaves are dark green on both sides. The basal and middle leaves are petiolate, obovate to spoon-shaped, and serrate to dentate. The upper leaves are shorter, sessile, and borne along the stem. The small flower head, not larger than 5 cm, consists of about 20 white ray florets that surround a yellow disc, growing on the end of 1 to 3 foot tall stems. The plant produces an abundant number of flat seeds, without pappus.

Found along roadsides, waste areas, meadows, fields, lawns, and flower gardens. Blooms from late spring to autumn.

Primary Flower Color: White
Secondary Flower Color: Yellow
Edible Notes: The unopened flower buds can be marinated and used in a similar way to capers. Grieve's Modern Herbal (1931) states that "The taste of the dried herb is bitter and tingling, and the odour faintly resembles that of valerian."
Warnings: Allergies to daisies do occur, usually causing contact dermatitis.