Leucanthemum vulgare

Oxeye Daisy

Botanical description: “He loves me, he loves me not…” The familiar flower of the adage is the ox-eye daisy. with sunny yellow center, surrounded by two-dozen, bright white petals. Leucanthemum vulgare can be found in dry prairie meadows, vacant lots, along road sides, railroads, pastures and other degraded landscapes. It can spread by seed and vegetatively, through a network of rhizomes. Oftentimes it forms small colonies. Seeds are spread by mechanical means, by wildlife, as they are not airborne like many other daisy-like flowers.The species provides nectar and pollen to a large range of bees, flies, wasps and beetles. Caterpillars of moths can be found feasting on the dark green stem and foliage of the plant while some livestock and other herbivores occasionally consume the foliage. The flower of the Ox-eye Daisy can also boast of human culinary interest. The immature flower buds can be marinated and consumed, hinting of flavors similar to capers.