Ox-eye Daisy

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Oxeye Daisies thrive in meadows and roadside verges.  

The Oxeye Daisy is easy to identify by its large, round flower heads that appear on single, tall stems. It has spoon-shaped leaves at its base and thin, jagged leaves along the stem.  The flowers appear in mid-summer and lots together can look like a snowdrift.  They are so bright that they seem to 'glow' in the evening, hence the other common names of 'moon daisy' and 'moonpenny'.  As with so many of the plants that thrive in our verges, they are excellent nectar sources for re-fuelling bees, hoverflies and other insects.

The petal-plucking game, 's/he loves me; s/he loves me not', is thought to have started with the Oxeye Daisy, and is now a common children's activity.  Each 'petal' is actually an individual flower as Oxeye Daisies have composite flower heads consisting of yellow 'disc florets', surrounded by 'ray florets' (the 'petals').