Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Oxeye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) (Previously: Chrysanthemum leucanthemum): Images

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May 30, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire Oxeye Daisy is a one to three foot flowering member of the Aster family. The flower has 15-30 white rays with a yellow disk in the center. The leaves are coarsely toothed or pinnately lobed. The leaves alternate up the stem. The leaves tend to get progressively smaller from the base to the top of the stem. Oxeye Daisy blooms from late May through August. It can be found in fields and along roadsides.

As you can see from the pictures of the leaves to the lower right, the basal leaves (on the right of the picture) are spoon shaped. Notice how the leaves get smaller and the leaf at the top of the of the stem (on the left of the picture of leaves) is very small and tends to clasp the stem. There are other members of the Aster family with flowers that have white rays and yellow disks, but none in New Hampshire that have these types of leaves and this typical daisy flower.
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June 13, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire Found a large amount of Oxeye Daisy blossoms and Red Clover blossoms (1-1/2 gallons by volume of each) for wine. (See June 13, 2010 foraging experiences entry.). There were two areas with large amounts of each of these plants. In fact, there is plenty more for salads (Oxeye Daisy leaves) and for tinctures and tea (Red Clover blossomes).
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June 13, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire
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June 6, 2014 Southern, Connecticut