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Oxeye Daisy an Easy Summer Flower

10 Jul 2019 1:00 AM | Brenda Peshak

Oxeye Daisy Native to Iowa

The Oxeye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) is  3 foot tall perennial that has white petals and a yellow center.  It is prolific, attracting butterflies and growing in hot sunny areas of the garden with low maintenance.  Through out the country, it is used to naturalize fields, pastures and roadsides.

Facts about Oxeye Daisy:

Scientific Name : Leucanthemum vulgare
Variety, cultivar, or trademark name ‘Maikonigin’ May Queen (also marguerite)
Bloom Time? Color?: white-daisy like, blooming June to August
Type or Average Life Span:  perennial
Height:  1 to 3 feet
Width/Spread:  1 to 2 feet

Good things to know about this hearty perennial :

The Oxeye Daisy, or marguerite, is a vigorously growing herbaceous perennial that grows well in dry, full sun areas of the garden, U.S. zones 3 to 8.  It is resistant to deer, rabbits and tolerates drought well.  Leaves are dark green and toothed oval, and blooms appearing in May to August.  Spent blooms can be removed or “deadheaded” to prolonged flowering. These perennials are hearty and prolific and clumps should be divided every 2 to 3 years.

You will find Oxeye Daisy at Demonstration Garden in late June and July.

The Oxeye Daisy can be seen throughout North America in fields and pastures.  In the Demonstration Garden, it blooms June to August, and attracts nectar feeders including butterflies and various insects.  It is one of the most showy perennials in our garden and they make excellent cut flowers!

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