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Leucanthemum vulgare

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Origin

Native to the UK

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

White and Yellow in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

ox-eye daisy

Family

Asteraceae


Leucanthemum are robust herbaceous perennials with narrowly oblong leaves and daisy-like flower-heads with white rays

L. vulgare is a rhizomatous perennial with dark green spoon-shaped leaves and solitary white, daisy-like flowerheads with yellow disk florets, in late spring and early summer

Other common names

  • big daisy
  • bull daisy
  • dog daisy
  • dun daisy
  • espibawn
  • field daisy
  • herb Margaret
  • horse daisy
  • horse gowan
  • large white gowan
  • love-me
  • love-me-not
  • marguerite
  • mathes
  • maudlinwort
  • midsummer daisy
  • moon daisy
  • moon flower
  • moon penny
  • ox-eye daisy
  • poor-land daisy
  • pretty maids
  • sheriff pink
  • white cap
  • white daisy
  • white goldes
  • white man's weed
  • white ox-eye
  • white weed

Synonym(s)

  • Chrysanthemum leucanthemum

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade; plants may need support

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed or division

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance, Wildflower meadow or Wildlife Gardens


How to care

Pruning

Deadhead regularly then cut stems down to the ground in winter

Pests

Can get aphids

Diseases

May be subject to a leaf spot