ox-eye daisy


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ox-eye daisy

ox-eye daisy

Common everywhere. White petals with yellow center. Whole plant useable for calming cough, spasms, night sweats, fever. Similar to chamomile, relaxes. Anti-inflammatory. Tea used as eyewash, for dry skin. This pretty flower is calming just to look at, and interestingly enough, it grows wherever man has messed up and stripped the soil to almost uselessness. The daisy brings hope and beauty back to the land. Where once there was toil, hardship, strife and abandonment, now grows a symbol of new hope, as it rebuilds the soil for future generations. It can be used both as salad green and seasoning. The flavor of the greens is as nice and refreshing as the flower looks.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Ox-eye Daisy

 

(Leucanthemum vulgare), an herbaceous plant of the family Compositae. The stem of the ox-eye daisy is 15–80 cm tall. The oblong leaves are crenate or dentate, and the inflorescence—a large solitary head—is situated at the top of the stem and the branches. The ray flowers are white and ligulate, and the disk flowers are yellow and tubular. The ox-eye daisy is encountered in the temperate zone of Eurasia in meadows, in forest glades, in thickets, and on fallow land. It sometimes grows as a weed in fields and gardens. The plant is a component of hay fed to livestock. Ox-eye daisies are often grown as ornamentals, and there are double garden varieties. The Russian name for the plant—popovnik—is sometimes used to designate plants of the genus Pyrethrum.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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