Ox-eye Daisy - Chrysanthemum leucanthemum (Composite family - Compositae)

 

Ox-eye Daisy - Chrysanthemum leucanthemum (Composite family - Compositae) The familiar large white daisy is related to the "mums" grown by florists. Flowers 2 in. across; yellow disk depressed in center. Leaves dark, narrow, much lobed. Fields, roadsides. A native of Europe, it escaped cultivation and invaded fields and meadows where it is difficult to eradicate.

 

 

 

Since it contains an acrid juice, it is avoided by cattle and thus ruins good pastureland. However, the crushed leaves were used for bruises; hence another common name, Bruisewort. The juice was also though to be good for gout. Chrysanthemum is a Greek name meaning "golden flower, whereas the species name leucanthemum means "white flower."

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