Grown for its white daisies that appear relatively early in the season, this rhizomatous perennial is a common wildflower of European and West Asian grasslands. It is widely naturalized in the United States.
Spreading mats of dark green, lobed or toothed, spoon-shaped leaves give rise in late spring to erect stems topped with yellow-eyed white daisies. Flowering continues for 2 or 3 weeks. Plants often self-sow if not deadheaded. Double-flowered cultivars such as 'Angel' are typically sterile, producing no seed. Several sterile single-flowered cultivars are also available.
Ox-eye daisy grows and flowers best in full sun and moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Their flowers are a cheerful presence in any garden or flower arrangement. This perennial is listed as a noxious weed in several states.
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Genus - Chrysanthemum
Species - Leucanthemum
Common name - Oxeye Daisy
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 9
Height - 0,80 m
Spread - 0,30 - 0,50 m
Plant type - Perennial
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral
Soil type - Loam, sand
Water requirements - Average water needs. Water regularly, do not over water
Landscape uses - Dried Flower / Everlasting, Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Mixed Border, Wildflower
Bloom season - June - September
Leaf / Flower color - Dark Green / White, Light Yellow
Sow inside from March to April.
1. Moisten soilless potting medium if you are starting gerbera daisy seeds, or fine compost if you are starting shasta or ox-eye daisy seeds. Let the water soak in, and add more until the potting medium or compost is about the texture of crumbly chocolate cake.
2. Fill a seed-starting tray with either the soilless medium for gerbera daisies, or fine compost for shasta or ox-eye daisies, to one-quarter inch from the top, without compressing the planting medium.
3. Sprinkle the seeds lightly over the filled tray, and then cover the seeds with a dusting of fine compost. Spray the tray of seeds with water, using the spray bottle. Place the tray in a greenhouse or on a shelf under a florescent plant light. Keep the planting medium or compost moist by spraying with the spray bottle as often as necessary depending on the humidity in the air.
4. Transplant the daisy seedlings to 4-inch pots once they have developed their first full set of true leaves. Fill each pot to within a quarter inch from the top with soilless potting medium for gerbera daisies, or fine compost for shasta or ox-eye daisies. Poke a small hole in the medium in the center of the pot. Gently lift the seedling from the tray using the plastic spoon as a trowel, and set it in the planting hole. Water with a spray bottle and keep the soil moist.
5. Water once a week with a weak solution of fish emulsion fertilizer after transplanting the seedlings into 4-inch pots, Transplant the daisies to the garden when all danger of frost has passed. (info source: ehow.com)
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