Ox-Eye Daisy
Chrysanthemum leucanthemum
Family Asteraceae

* Flowers composite, white, with petals surrounding a central depressed yellow disk, 2".
* Leaves dark, narrow, deeply lobed.
* Height: 1-3'.

Natural History:
* Flowers June - August.
* Habitat: Meadows, roadsides.
* Range: Throughout the United States.
* Introduced from Europe.

* Other names for the Ox-Eye daisy include Moonflower, Moon-Penny, and Midsummer Daisy.

* This daisy is truly a mythically and historically important plant. Herbalist Maud Grieve wrote in 1931 that in ancient times the Ox-Eye was dedicated to "Artemis, the goddess of women, considering it useful in women's compaints. In Christian days it was transferred to St. Mary Magdalen and called Maudelyn or Maudlin Daisy after her."


Created by: Allaire Diamond and Jiasuey Hsu
Maintained by: Nick Rodenhouse
Created: July 31, 1998
Last Modified: November 21, 2008