Missouri Wildflower Guide


With little here to do or see
Of things that in the great world be,
Sweet Daisy! oft I talk to thee,
For thou art worthy

 

From "To the Daisy" by William Wordsworth

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ox-Eye Daisy

Surely everyone finds this prolific wildflower as charming as I do, except perhaps for dairy farmers, because it can cause an undesirable flavor in milk if eaten by the cows.

 

It is valued by wildlife, with all above-ground parts eaten by turkey, and the seeds eaten by various other birds.  Deer feed upon the plants as well.

 

This delightful wildflower is plentiful on my farm. I was presented with numerous Ox-Eye Daisy bouquets throughout the years by my children, with their hand so full they couldn't add one more stem.

 

  • Bloom Time

    May-Aug

     

  • Habit

    Herbaceous

     

  • Height

    To 3 feet

     

  • Longevity

    Perennial