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Ox-Eye Daisy (Chrysanthemum Leucanthemum)

"A little cyclops, with one eye
"Staring to threaten and defy;
"Whole Summer-fields are thine by right."
-- Wordsworth

The most cherished of our wildflowers, the daisy, will be immediately recognized by most everyone. Here is an interesting piece of information: the daisy flower is a composite, viz., the yellow buttons at the center are a tight bunch of very small yellow flowers and the white "petals" are really rays of the composite flower. The daisy has been introduced from Europe.
I read (Griffin) where, if cattle eat it, it can impart a disagreeable taste to the milk; thus, the daisy is not a plant the dairyman likes to see in his pasture.


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Peter Landry

2011