Flowering Plant

Ox-eye Daisy

Wild Flower

(Leucanthemum vulgare)

Ox-eye daisy is a robust wildflower species, the flower head is a typical daisy shape, with white petals and yellow central florets. They grow in solitary heads and are around three to five centimetres wide.


Often used as a reliable component of most wild flower mixtures.


This can be a short-term perennial species, it establishes quickly and is known as a pioneer plant, it may eventually disappear from competitive swards. Allowing it to reseed will increase the persitance of the plant.


It is a reliable species when creating a wild flower meadow, it can be one of the first true perennials to flower, sometimes during the year of sowing.

Frost Tolerance

Ox-eye daisy is frost tolerant.

Sowing Rate Advice

1 gram per m2

Ideal Sowing Time

Sow in autumn or spring.


Due to its aggressive, pioneer nature ox-eye daisy can seem overly dominant in the early stages of recreating a wild flower meadow.

Distinguishing characteristics


This is a small, long but thin seed, which is a pale yellow colour. It has a papery, ribbed texture and a shiny surface.


The seedling has small rounded cotyledons, before going on to produce true leaves with recognisable, bluntly toothed edges.

Flowering Plant

Flowering Plant
This is a dark green coloured species. It is a bushy, generally upright plant, which may be hairy or hairless. The lower leaves are stalked, with toothed margins and the upper leaves have a similar shape but shorter stalks.

Additional Info

Flowers May-September. This species can grow from 20 - 80cm in height. The oxeye daisy was dedicated by the Greeks to Artemis, goddess of the moon. The petal-plucking game 'He loves me; he loves me not' is thought to have started with the Ox-eye Daisy, and is now a well known children's activity.

You can find Ox-eye Daisy in the following mixtures