- Ox-Eye Daisy – Leucanthemum vulgare is a hardy flower that prefers abundant sunshine and water and rich, draining soil.
Oxeye Daisy- Leucanthemum Vulgare
Oxeye Daisy, more typically just called "daisy," is the classic white and yellow flower that is commonly seen in fields and gardens around the world. It's yellow center, and stark white surrounding petals evoke feelings of cheerfulness and serenity. The Latin name, Leucanthemum Vulgare means "white flower," and it is typically used to represent patients. A medium sized plant, it grows from one to three feet high and usually can be found with a thin stem and dark green leaves. The flower itself is quite small and dainty, adding an air of elegance and whimsy to wherever it blooms.
The ray of petals surrounded by a bright yellow center evokes images of the sun. In fact, it resembles a smaller, more beautiful version of a sunflower. It creates a great deal of pollen, in fact, this plant is top rated in pollen production. When grown wild, it can be typically found in grasslands such as fields, but can also be found in open forests and other mostly-sunny areas. While this plant is native to Europe and certain parts of Asia, it currently grows abundantly in North America as well. This pretty plant can be a perfect addition to any garden as long as one plants it in the proper conditions. Oxeye Daisies prefer damp soil and sun, but are capable of blooming in many different situations; it is entirely a resilient flower. They thrive for a long time: from about late spring to autumn, so Oxeye Daisies have to potential to grace your garden all summer long. Another positive aspect of these daisies is that they are perennials, so you won't have to worry about planting them every single year. When planted together in a large group or even a large field, the sprawling site of many daisies together can be breathtaking.
Solomon's Seal - Polygonatum Biflorum refers to plants of the genus Polygonatum found throughout the Northern hemisphere. Solomon’s Seal is a relative of asparagus and is used for both food and medicine. Solomon’s Seal has arching stems and hanging tubular cream-colored flowers.
Oxeye Daisy grows well in shaded areas with fertile soil. Preferring rich soil in a damp, shady setting, this plant is slow to become well established but will eventually form nice clumps. It is best started from transplants or rhizomes since the seeds can take two or more years to sprout. A variety of species are cultivated, but the favorite in North America is the native Polygonatum biflorum.
Seldom needs pruning. If required do so sparingly every 3-4 years
Flower Form: Solomon's Seal is beautifully endowed with graceful, long, slender arched stems. They have white to pale greenish white bell-shaped flowers that dangle from the stems. They possess alternating lance-shaped leaves, which are green and some are green with a white tip. After the flowers fall they grow a small blue-black fruit that resembles small grapes. Mature plants are known to produce more flowers then younger varieties. The root is a rhizome. The circular scar that it leaves when a stem is broken away resembles the Star of David. That is why it was dubbed the Solomon's Seal.